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Community Work For Stepdad Who Beat Daughter's Rapist

| by Michael Doherty

A New Zealand stepfather who beat up his daughter's rapist has been sentenced to community service.

Peter Butler, a Wellington district court judge, gave the man, who has not been identified to protect his stepdaughter's identity, a sentence of 240 hours of community service, acknowledging that he had been provoked by the rapist's actions, Stuff reports.

"You were astounded that he was walking freely in the streets," said Butler, who noted that the stepfather had seen the rapist on the side of the road, and was infuriated by the lack of action by authorities.

"He's a man acting spontaneously out of love for his stepdaughter," said the stepdad's lawyer, Peter Foster. "He is not sorry for what he has done, but he is not saying he would do it again."

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The man who was convicted of the rape, Jason Haward, was sentenced to seven years and six months in prison.

Haward reportedly met the girl near a shopping area, and took her to a secluded spot where he carried out the assault. He is then alleged to have followed the girl as she ran home naked.

The stepfather found his stepdaughter hiding between cars as Haward stood over her. It took six weeks for the man to be charged by police, and seeing him walk near the family's house in that time upset the girl.

Two days after the incident, the stepfather saw Haward on the road.

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Enraged by the man's actions, the stepfather hit Haward several times, as well as headbutting him. He said that he had intended to hold Haward until police came to arrest him.

After the stepfather was through with Haward, he had bruising, a brain injury and later had seizures.

The stepdad was found guilty of injuring Haward with intent to injure him.

After the conviction, the man said he was relieved at the relatively light sentence, but that he planned to appeal his conviction.

"But at least she knows I am coming home," he said of his stepdaughter.

In a similar case from 2012, a 24-year-old Texas rancher who beat his daughter's alleged molester to death did not face homicide charges, ABC reports.

A witness saw Jesus Mora Flores carrying the 5-year-old girl to a secluded area and ran to find her father. When the father got to the scene, Flores and the girl had their underwear off, and the young girl was screaming.

The father is reported to have pulled the man off of the girl and "inflicted several blows" to his head and neck, documents said.

The father then called 911, and tapes reveal that he tried to get help for his daughter's rapist.

"I need an ambulance," he said to a 911 dispatcher. "This guy was raping my daughter and I don't know what to do."

"Come on!" he said. "This guy is going to die on me!"

Flores' death was investigated as a homicide, but the father was not charged with a crime. According to District Attorney Heather McMinn, Texas law allows the use of deadly force to stop a sexual assault.

"All the evidence provided by the sheriff's department and the Texas ranger indicated that's what was occurring when the victim's father arrived at the scene," said McMinn.

Investigators confirmed a sexual assault had taken place after examining Flores' body and the young girl.

Sources: Stuff, ABC News / Photo credit: Ryan Albrey/Flickr

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