Judge denies application to block internet access for convicted rapist

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Tauranga District Court.
Photo: SunLive

A judge in the Tauranga District Court has declined an application by the Corrections Department to block internet access for convicted rapist Jayden Meyer.

It comes after fake online posts that appeared to be of Meyer mocking his sentence were taken down last week.

Corrections Deputy Regional Commissioner for the Northern Region, Ali Rei, said Corrections would continue to monitor him extremely closely.

She said he was already subject to 20 court-imposed conditions, including that he hands over any device capable of accessing the internet on request.

Meyer, 18, was charged after multiple police complaints by young women in Bay of Plenty who alleged sexual violence across 2020 and 2021.

An investigation followed, resulting in 10 charges including four of rape, four of sexual violation, and two of doing an indecent act. There were five young female victims, four of whom were raped and one who was sexually violated.

Meyer was sentenced to nine months’ home detention and a further 12 months of post-release conditions, including a ban on associating with anyone under 16 and attending a sexual violence prevention programme.


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