Man with child sex conviction stands for Palmerston North mayor

Palmerston North’s donut man Maruna Engu has done time in prison for sexual abuse of a young girl, but says he will not hide from that history as he contests the city’s mayoralty.

The 50-year-old Cook Islander was convicted in 1993 on charges related to indecencies against a 5-year-old girl known to him, which took place over an eight-month period.

An appeal against his sentence of 3½ years in prison was later dismissed.

The ruling from the Court of Appeal was that the sentence was “just” within the range of what was appropriate given the breach of trust and the trauma caused to the child.

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