‘You’ve made my life a living hell’


A young woman subjected to repeated rapes by a man who treated her like his “sex slave” said he had made her life “a living hell”.

The victim made this comment while reading her victim impact statement in Tauranga District Court today during the sentencing hearing for 63-year-old Pihi Hei.

In May, a jury found Hei guilty of 14 charges of indecent assault, one charge of inducing an indecent assault, four charges of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection, five counts of sexual violation by rape, and disabling by stupefying. He was today sentenced to 16 years in prison.

The charges relate to offending against two women who had responded to job advertisements at the remote Maraehako Bay Retreat between Te Kaha and Waihau Bay in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.