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Beast of Blenheim Stewart Murray Wilson is jailed again for historic rapes



Warning: Graphic content and sexual violence themes.

Stewart Murray Wilson has been jailed again for a series of historic reports.

The infamously dubbed "the Beast of Blenheim", was found guilty of attempting to rape a third woman.

He was found not guilty of raping a fourth woman, the mother of the young girl.

Wilson's name, prior offending, and nickname have been suppressed until the Verdict were reached for the 71-year-old after a week-long trial in the High Court at Auckland.

Today, imprisonment by Justice Graham Lang.

Stewart Murray Wilson was sentenced in 1996 to 21 years' imprisonment for sex and violence offenses. Photo / Supplied
Stewart Murray Wilson was sentenced in 1996 to 21 years' imprisonment for sex and violence offenses. Photo / Supplied

Wilson is known for drugging, assaulting and raping for women over a 23-year period before he was caught.

He was sentenced in 1996 to 21 years' imprisonment for sex and violence against women and girls, as well as charges of stupefying and bestiality.

Today, Wilson's counsel Andrew McKenzie argued there would have been a further uplift to Wilson's sentence had been his further offending been known in 1996.

He said no further terms should be imposed on his client, who has now been in some form of detention for a quarter of a century.

Justice Lang said it would be "difficult to quantify" what sentence Wilson would have received from the new charges had been laid in 1996.

However, since the increase in the term of two years and eight months "would not have been out of order with the overall gravity of the offending".

He said even if he had reached a sentence of home detention.

Wilson's offending courts could impose a minimum period of imprisonment.

"A sentence of two years four months is hardly a deterrent to you or others but is only being imposed because of the 1996 sentence," Justice Lang said.

Stewart Murray Wilson, pictured on one of his trials this year in the High Court at Auckland. Photo / Michael Craig
Stewart Murray Wilson, pictured on one of his trials this year in the High Court at Auckland. Photo / Michael Craig

In 2012, Wilson was subjected to a two-bedroom house that had been moved on to the Whanganui Prison grounds.

Wilson investigated police in 2016 and accused him of raping three more in the 1970s and early 1980s in Wellington, Hamilton and Auckland.

He initially faced 16 charges, which were later at trial and saw Wilson discharged on one count of stupefying, while one of the charges was altered to attempted rape.

The jury was deliberated on six rape charges, three independent assaults, three counts of indebtedness under 12, two charges of threatening to kill, one charge of attempted rape, and one charge of burglary.

They returned unanimous guilty verdicts on 11 charges, one unanimous not guilty verdict, majority verdicts of not guilty on charges, and were hung on two other charges.

Wilson was found not guilty of two counts and one charge of indecent assault. The jury was unable to reach verdict on a charge of independent assault and one count of threatening to kill.

He has never admitted any of his sexual offending.


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