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Sadistic sexual predator who degraded victims avoids sentence of preventive detention | #childpredator | #kidsaftey | #hacking | #aihp

David Falamoe has been sentenced to 13 years imprisonment for the depraved sexual abuse of five victims including two children during a five year period.

WARNING: This story deals with sexual offending and may be distressing.

A depraved sexual predator who degraded his vulnerable victims both physically and psychologically has avoided an indefinite prison sentence but has been told his future is in his hands.

David Falamoe appeared before Justice Francis Cooke in the High Court at Wellington on Friday for sentencing on a raft of sex charges.

Falamoe’s offending took place during a five-year period in the Whanganui region and involved five victims, including two children aged 6 and 10, an adult woman with mental health issues, a vulnerable teenager who he punched in the stomach when she claimed she was pregnant and a gender-fluid individual, the court heard.


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The 41-year-old was found guilty on a significant number of the charges by juries following two high court trials in June and November 2022 and he only avoided standing trial for a third time by pleading guilty to a charge of indecent assault, at the end of his second trial.

On one occasion Falamoe degraded his victim by coercing her to let his dog get involved in a sex act but the dog only licked her ankle.

Justice Cooke said Falamoe was an intelligent and manipulative person whose offending involved a common theme of getting close to his victims before using physical violence and psychological pressure, including threats of self-harm, to get them to agree to demeaning sexual abuse.

“You are a sexual predator who uses whatever means available to get whatever you wanted,” he told Falamoe.


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He gave tribute to the victims for their courage in coming forward.

Whanganui Crown solicitor Michele Wilkinson-Smith argued a sentence of preventive detention was justified, not to punish Falamoe but to provide protection to the community from ongoing harm.

Wilkinson-Smith said Falamoe, who had 65 previous convictions 29 for violence mainly against intimate partners, had shown no remorse for his actions and no insight into the harm he had caused.

She said the life-long sentence would allow the flexibility to protect the public from Falamoe in the future, if treatment programmes were not effective.

“If he makes progress, he can be released.

“If he fails, he goes back to prison.”

Defence lawyer John Gwilliam submitted Falamoe had suffered his own personal trauma, witnessed his father die in front of him, suffered from a personality disorder as well as addiction issues and preventive detention was not appropriate.

Gwilliam said Falamoe had shown he could control himself, by ceasing some of his abusive attacks due to the protests of his victims, and should be given the benefit of the doubt.

He argued a sentence start point of 12 years imprisonment was appropriate and a minimum non-parole period was not required.

As the hearing got underway victim impact statements were read out by the court’s victims’ adviser detailing how they were disgusted by Falamoe’s actions which they described as a breach of trust.


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“I feel like I’ve let my daughter down,” the mother of one of the young girls said.

“I feel guilty, I should have been able to protect her.”

Others detailed having flashbacks, suffering anxiety, turning to alcohol to cope, and being left feeling angry, disgusted, upset and dirty by what they’d suffered at Falamoe’s hands.

“He’s a sick and evil person, he ruined part of me I can never get back,” one said.

One victim said she felt too embarrassed for a long time to confide in her whānau about how Falamoe had described her as an ape and tried to get her to have sex with his dog but was relieved to get hugs and support when she finally opened up to them.

“Just who is the ape now? I’m not the one who is enclosed,” her victim impact statement read.


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Justice Cooke detailed how a 16-year-old victim, who had previously suffered abuse in state care, gave up resisting and just froze as she allowed Falamoe to rape her.

When the teen told Falamoe she believed she was pregnant, he punched her in the stomach area, causing her to have a suspected miscarriage.

The aggravating factors included the significant harm Falamoe had caused his victims, their vulnerability and the complete lack of remorse he had shown.

Justice Cooke said while there was a pattern in Falamoe’s offending to satisfy his own sexual gratification and he currently posed an above-average risk of re-offending it didn’t reach the threshold to impose preventive detention.

Treatment programmes were available to Falamoe which could reduce his risk of reoffending and allow his safe release at the end of a finite sentence but his future was in his own hands, he said.

Falamoe was sentenced to a total of 13 years imprisonment, with a minimum non-parole period of five years and six months but failing to address underlying issues could see him required to serve the full term, Justice Cooke warned.


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“If you do nothing, then this is the reality you face.”

Falamoe would also be automatically be placed on the sex offenders register.


Where to get help:

If it’s an emergency and you feel that you or someone else is at risk, call 111.

If you’ve ever experienced sexual assault or abuse and need to talk to someone, contact Safe to Talk confidentially, any time 24/7:
• Call 0800 044 334
• Text 4334
• Email
• For more info or to web chat visit
Alternatively contact your local police station – click here for a list.

If you have been sexually assaulted, remember it’s not your fault.


Where to get help:

If it’s an emergency and you feel that you or someone else is at risk, call 111.

• If you’ve ever experienced sexual assault or abuse and need to talk to someone call the confidential crisis helpline Safe to Talk on 0800 044 334 or text 4334. (available 24/7)
• Male Survivors Aotearoa offers a range of confidential support at centres across New Zealand – find your closest one here.
• Mosaic – Tiaki Tangata: 0800 94 22 94 (available 11am-8pm)
• Alternatively contact your local police station – click here for a list.

If you have been abused, remember it’s not your fault.

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