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Minimum 14 years for sex attacks

Published: 4:19PM Tuesday December 18, 2001

An Auckland man has been sentenced to a minimum 14 years jail for three sex attacks on women in their homes.

Tony Mathew Albert, 35, pleaded guilty to 23 charges, including rape, sexual violation, aggravated wounding and threatening to kill.

Albert, who is already serving preventive detention, attacked the women in early 1998.

In each case, he used a knife and bound and blindfolded his victims before sexually attacking them.

The police officer who headed the investigation into the sexual assaults says the man responsible for the attacks is evil. Detective Sergeant Nigel McGlone says Albert is one of the worst offenders he has ever encountered.

He says Albert's victims will be relieved that the court process is over and he is satisfied with the 14 year non-parole period.

Meanwhile, Wellington police are investigating a sexual assault on a 12-year-old girl walking to school in the Hutt Valley.

The girl says she was indecently assaulted in an alleyway on Tuesday morning by a man whose face was masked by a balaclava.

The man ran off and the girl reported the attack when she arrived at school.