A New Zealand man who removed women's teeth with pliers during sex and had a fetish for "fat gummy ladies" was jailed for six years yesterday.
The sentencing judge said that finding an appropriate sentence for Philip Lyle Hansen was "bizarre", as he had never come across a case like it.
"The offending had a gratuitous, almost torture-like sense to it," Judge Bruce Davidson told a sentencing hearing at Wellington District Court, as Hansen's victims wept in the public gallery. He was sentenced to six years' jail.
The 56-year-old was found guilty last month of five counts of assault and one of indecent assault after a six-day trial.
The court heard evidence about his sexual habits, obsession with dentistry and that Hansen, who has no dental qualifications, was a domineering and controlling personality who preferred his women without teeth.
Prosecutors said that more than 600 searches relating to dentistry and extracting teeth were found on his computer, including ones looking for "fat gummy ladies".
His victims' names have been redacted, but one victim read a statement to the court detailing her ordeal at the hands of Hansen, whom she met through an online dating site.
She described how, after they had consensual sex in the back of a car, he produced a pair of pliers, pulled out her tooth, threw it out the window and gave her an oily rag to stem the bleeding.
The woman said she was terrified of Hansen and the abuse continued when she woke in bed one night to find him on top of her, trying to rip out more teeth.
"You wanted me fat, with no teeth, housebound as your (Hansen's) slave," she said, adding that she fled after the bedroom incident, but felt "completely broken" by her experience.
Another victim said during the trial that Hansen had suddenly produced a pair of pliers during sex and next thing she heard was her teeth cracking.
The dental assaults were carried out without anaesthetic and the judge described his actions as "extremely brutal and painful".
This article was first published on June 20, 2015.
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