Church Bell-Ringer Jailed for Sex Offences

Otago Daily Times
September 26, 2008

The former Master of the Bells at Dunedin's First Church has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years for prolonged and predatory sexual offending against a young girl in the 1980s.

David Hockley (69), raped the girl the day before she started high school in 1985. He continued to sexually abuse her up to six times a week for several years, often in the attic of First Church where he had taken her for bell-ringing lessons.

Justice French told Hockley in the High Court in Dunedin today there were no mitigating features about the offending.

She said the statement the victim read to the court was "an absolutely shocking account" of the incalculable harm Hockley had caused.

But she gave him credit for pleading guilty to the charges of rape, indecent assault and possessing a pornographic video which he often made the victim watch during the offending.


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