New Zealand tourist Malcolm Vaka jailed for five years for Mandurah sex assault after DNA match from high heel shoe used in defence

  • PerthNow
  • August 23, 2014 7:06PM

A NEW Zealand man on a tourist visa finally admitted to a terrifying sexual assault in Mandurah when his DNA was found on the high heels of his victim’s sister, who had fought him off.

Malcolm Vaka, 27, was sentenced on Friday to five years jail for attacking a woman near the Mandurah foreshore on November 16 and for indecently assaulting a teenager in her home on February 13.

The District Court was told he attacked the first victim as she walked home from a nightclub with her sister.

He threw her to the ground, put his hand up her dress and removed her underwear. Her sister struck him on the head with her high- heel shoe before he fled, still holding his victim’s knickers.

In February Vaka, who arrived in Australia on a tourist visa last year, broke into a home in the Mandurah suburb of Dudley and indecently assaulted a 19-year-old woman in her bed.

Sex Assault Squad detectives waited for him at Perth Airport until midnight on February 21 because they learned he was booked on a flight out of the country. But he cancelled his flight at the last minute.

He handed himself in at Rockingham police station the next day and admitted to the February attack.

He initially denied any involvement in the incident involving the two sisters, but police were able to pin him for it after his DNA was extracted from the high heel shoe used to drive him off.

In court, Vaka pleaded guilty to one count of stealing and one of indecent assault in relation to last year’s attack.

He pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and one count of indecent assault in relation to the February incident. He will be eligible for parole in three years.

Judge Ronald Birmingham said Vaka, a father of two, was a “moderate to high risk” of reoffending in a sexual manner.

“The nature of your offending … clearly demonstrates that there is some sexual deviancy in your makeup that does need to be addressed,” he said.

Sex Assault Squad detective sergeant Craig Martin said he was pleased Vaka had admitted his crimes.

“He was not a resident of Australia so we did not have a lot of information about him, so to catch up with him was very pleasing,”he said outside the court.


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  1. 3 Years in jail for absolutely wrecking two girls for life, they will remember that horrible attack for the rest of their lives, and he does 3 years and it sounds like he will get out and reoffend again! Doesn’t add up does it. We need harsher penalties and need them now, longer sentences for these bloody sex offenders!!!!!

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