Prosecutor Craig Power said there had been attempts made by the police in the past week or so for the complainant to be spoken to and for her to see a clinical psychologist in Dunedin.

"It seems she doesn't want to provide one [a detailed victim impact statement]."

Judge Phillips said he intended to "follow the law".

"This matter won't be rushed. I do not accept any argument it's just a rubber stamp or there can be immediate inquiries made and answers given [today].

"If restorative justice is appropriate, then it takes place. That's what the law says."

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