Pregnant wife sobs in court as her husband is jailed for viciously raping a teenage girl who sobbed and shouted ‘stop’ while he attacked her
- Tewuritai Karito, 29, was sentenced to six years in prison for a sickening rape
- The father-of-four placed his hand over the victim’s mouth to muffle her screams
- His wife Kursty sobbed as the disturbing details of the crime were revealed
- She has stood by her husband throughout the trial and despite guilty plea
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A pregnant wife has sobbed in court as her husband was sentenced to six years behind bars for raping a teenage girl, and has even vowed to stand by him.
Tewuritai Karito, 29, carried out the sickening attack in Nambour on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast last year, leaving the 16-year-old traumatised.
The Maroochydore District Court heard the young woman yell ‘get off me’ and tried to fight off Karito before he put his hand over her mouth to muffle her screams.
His wife Kursty sat in the gallery as the disturbing details of the father-of-four’s sexual assault were revealed.
In a letter to court, she claimed her husband was a ‘selfless and caring’ man who had an ‘amazing bond’ with their four sons, as the judge heard she was standing by him.
‘She states that she has been by his side the entire time so she remains a support and lives in the household,’ Mr Turner said.
Pregnant wife Kursty Karito (pictured, right) sobbed in court as her husband Tewuritai Karito (left) was sentenced to six years behind bars for raping a teenage girl
The ordeal began when the victim, who was asleep on a couch, awoke to Karito groping her and whispering in her ear, the Sunshine Coast Daily reported on Wednesday.
She elbowed Karito and told him to stop and then went back to sleep.
But the girl woke up a second time to find groping her once again, and pleaded with him to stop.
But on the third occasion she found Karito forcing his hand inside her underwear.
The court heard the victim cried and attempted to kick her attacker away.
‘But he inserted two fingers inside her vagina and thrust them in and out,’ crown prosecutor Christopher Cook told the court.
Karito (pictured) pleaded guilty after being charged with two counts of sexual assault and one count of rape
Karito (pictured) put his hand over the victim’s mouth to muffle her screams
Karito then placed his hand over her mouth and continued the depraved assault, penetrating the girl’s vagina with his penis and thrusting three times, Mr Cook added.
The girl eventually managed to break free and locked herself in the bathroom of the home.
In the moments that followed, Karito told her to keep the incident to herself.
Karito pleaded guilty after being charged with two counts of sexual assault and one count of rape.
His wife Kursty has continued to stand by Karito after he confessed to the crimes.
The court heard Karito is at risk of being deported following his sentence as he was born in the Cook Islands and is on a temporary visa.
‘He stated that he is terribly sorry for causing this young woman and her family trauma, emotional pain and grief,’ defence barrister Nathan Turner told the court.
Although Mr Turner said Karito holds himself 100 per cent accountable and doesn’t make any excuses for his unacceptable behaviour, he added that alcohol was a contributing factor.
Judge Gary Long acknowledged that with strong support from his wife and family, Karito has promising prospects of rehabilitation.
But he ruled the offending was persistent and involved a betrayal of trust that would likely have an ongoing impact on the victim.
Karito will be eligible for parole in just 20 months.
If you or anyone you know is in need a sexual violence support, you can call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or MensLine on 1800 600 636.