NEW ZEALAND POLICE/provided
Sumit Shayamal Narayan was last imprisoned in 2014.
A serial sex offender who was recently paroled is still at high risk of recidivism and recognizes no sexual deviance, a psychologist told a court.
Sumit Shayamal Narayan, 44, was last jailed in 2014 for using a stun gun to abduct a sex worker and sexually assaulting her in 1997.
He was convicted of serious and sadistic sex offenses against sex workers as well as aggravated robbery.
Narayan was released on parole in May under a number of strict conditions and is currently subject to an interim intensive supervision order.
* ‘Dangerous’ sexual predator released on parole, may be subject to surveillance
But on Wednesday at the High Court in Auckland, the Department of Corrections applied for an extended supervision order (ESO) before Judge Paul Davison.
An ESO is used to monitor and manage the long-term risk posed by high-risk offenders.
At the hearing, the court heard from clinical psychologists Dr Hamish Bartle for corrections and Jim van Rensberg for the defence.
The psychologist told Brett Tantrum, acting on behalf of corrections, that Narayan might need treatment for sexual deviance, but because he doesn’t accept it, he might not be required to seek treatment.
However, the psychologist said Narayan showed some willingness to engage in individual treatment.
Long-term therapy could give Narayan the best chance to work on deeper issues, tackle sexual deviance and understand the drivers of his offense, Bartle said.
While Narayan admitted to committing an offense in 2000, he did not admit to the 1997 offense, Bartle said.
Bartle said there was a growing seriousness in Narayan’s offense, and that the 1997 offense could have been a repeat.
He said personality traits such as callousness and contempt for suffering could explain this.
Bartle classified Narayan as above average at high risk for recurrence and said an OES of at least five years would be required.
Under cross-examination by Narayan’s attorney, Jo Wickliffe, Bartle agreed that Narayan had expressed a commitment to undertaking education and training, had strong family support, positive life goals, and had improved emotional regulation during his incarceration.
Jim van Rensberg said an ESO of two or three years would be sufficient, given Narayan’s improved behavior over the last 10 years of his prison sentence.
Although he agreed that Narayan was still at high risk, he said he would need 40 to 50 targeted individual treatment sessions.
If targeted at his specific needs, Narayan would be very responsive, the defense expert said.
“From what I’ve seen, Mr. Narayan is primarily narcissistic rather than antisocial,” van Rensberg said.
The defense expert said he did not believe Narayan would commit another sexual offence.
In prison, there had been an occasion when Narayan had been seen cleaning his cell naked at night.
Narayan told van Rensberg it was just something he felt like doing at the time, with the psychologist concluding it was probably a way to offend rather than gain sexual gratification.
The psychologist said Narayan’s standard parole conditions and electronic monitoring would adequately manage his risk given the uncertainty about him.
Narayan’s main area of risk is if he were to end up in the company of sex workers, van Rensberg said.
“I believe he won’t do that.”
Asked by Tantrum whether Narayan was lying or being manipulative about his account of offending van Rensberg, the psychologist disagreed.
Judge Davison reserved his decision.