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'Violated in every way possible'

Nic Duff
Elizabeth Robinson

A man has been sentenced to home detention after pleading guilty to the four-day abduction and suffocation of a woman in her early 40s.

In a statement read out in court, the victim said she has been robbed of the person she was.

"He said he was going to violate me for four days straight," the victim impact statement read. 

Michael Rodger Hay was sentenced to 10 months' home detention by Judge Raoul Neave at the Christchurch District Court on August 5. 

The offending was, to some extent, a product of a depressive state. The 40-year-old has suffered multiple injuries to his head over the past 10 to 13 months, resulting in some behavioral changes including agitation, fatigue, and depression.

Judge Neave said that this offending was serious, and his actions had had a lasting and profound effect on the victim.
Neave took into consideration Hay's guilty plea, his lack of previous convictions, and his mental health, resulting in a final sentencing of ten months of home detention. Having pleaded guilty, Hay spent the last 19 months on electronically monitored bail but was still able to attend work.

Hay is unable to be imprisoned due to his ongoing depression. 

He concluded the sentencing by saying if Hay was found to be "backsliding", his re-sentencing would "not be anywhere near as generous". 

For the past 19 months, Hay has been monitored on electronic bail while continuing to work full-time.
The victim said the incident had cost her $100,000 because she had to leave her job and sell her house, which carried memories of the assault.