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Orchiston locked away indefinitely on sex charges

Former Gisborne man Warwick Orchiston, 78, has been sentenced to preventive detention after admitting to multiple charges of sexual offending against girls under 12.

Preventive detention is an indeterminate prison sentence. Prisoners may be released on parole but remain managed by Corrections for the rest of their life.

Orchiston was sentenced by Justice Karen Clark in the High Court at Napier yesterday, after he admitted to the charges last June.

Stuff reported that in sentencing Orchiston to preventive detention, Justice Clark noted that the once respected winemaker had made no efforts to address the causes of his offending.

Justice Clark said Orchiston refused to acknowledge he had a problem, denied he had created victims and made derogatory comments about the victims' parents, Stuff reported.

It is not Orchiston's first sexual offending against children.

In 2003 he was found guilty of 13 charges, including indecent assault with children and sentenced to four years and six months in jail.

He served the full sentence. He was released in May, 2008.

Last June, in the Hastings District Court, Orchiston admitted he had offended again — he pleaded guilty to 23 offences that happened in 2018 — a decade after his prison release.

The offences, which included crimes described by Orchiston as “a funny sort of thing that happens”, involved three victims.

A police summary of facts outlined his modus operandi — he befriended all three victims and their families, quickly gaining their trust.

The offences included indecently assaulting a female under 12, unlawful sexual connection with a female under 12, and doing an indecent act on children under 12.

Warwick Orchiston pictured in 2003 when he was jailed for similar offences. File picture