Jayden Desmond Meyer, aged 18 was sentenced for the offending which took place in the Bay of Plenty during 2020 and 2021.
Meyer faced a total of 10 charges including four of rape, four of sexual violation, and two of doing an indecent act. There were five young female victims, four of whom were raped and one who was sexually violated. All five victims were aged 15 at the time of the attacks. Meyer was 16.
Meyer pleaded not guilty but was found guilty of all charges.
Meyer, who is now living north of Auckland, was sentenced to nine months’ home detention and a further 12 months of post-release conditions, including a ban on associating with anyone under 16 and attending a sexual violence prevention programme.
The sentence, perceived by many as being wholly inadequate, led to protests in some locations and a Change.org petition started by Bella Austin.
‘Im absolutely disgusted that Jayden Meyer can get away for raping FOUR 15 year old girls without being held accountable. He’s getting home detention for NINE months! It’s sickening to think about those poor girls who went through that, and will have to live with it. There were five young female victims, four of whom were raped and one who was sexually violated. That does not sit right with me whatsoever, we need to change this!’
Meanwhile a video of Meyer’s mother apparently making a threat to the victims was posted on Twitter this evening.
‘Mother’s are lionesses. In the next two to three years can you all watch your backs, especially the girls. And if they can put the court order against me, I’m not scared to go to jail.’
— Myaaliyah Rainey (@myaaliyah_r) September 6, 2022