Man jailed for raping ex-partner

A NORTHERN RIVERS man will spend seven-and-a-half years in jail for raping his former partner.

The man had pleaded guilty in the Lismore District Court to four counts of sexually assaulting the woman in 2006 and 2008, and twice in January this year.

After raping her in January the man, aged 38, told his victim: “I am sorry you made me do this to you.”

The distressed woman had revealed in statements to police and the court how the man she had fallen in love with changed from being ‘a charming, funny and caring man' with Christian values.

Reading her victim impact statement before Judge James Black she said: “I thought he was wonderful and fell deeply in love with him.

“Not long into our relationship things began to change. He became controlling and aggressive.

“In public he was still that charming man ... but inside the walls of our home he was becoming a tyrant.

“It seemed he wanted to control every aspect of my life.”

The woman said her former partner began threatening her with physical violence.

When she finally told him it was over for good and she would not stay in a violent relationship, ‘that's when he first raped me'.

The woman had fallen pregnant and said she felt trapped in the relationship.

After the first two police charges were laid, the man continued to harass her.

Her ex-partner continued to visit her home at various times to see their child and in January he had raped her twice within days.

The Crown said that at the time of the January offences, the man had already indicated he would plead guilty to the first two offences, but had been re-arrested before sentencing could go ahead.

It said the last two offences in January were ‘aggravated' because they were committed while he was on bail.

“All are domestic violence offences that should be treated with real seriousness, and a prior relationship (with the victim) doesn't mitigate these offences,” the Crown said.

The man's mother also gave evidence, saying the victim called her in January to seek her help and was very emotional.

“She wanted nothing more to do with my son as he had become intolerable and she wanted him to leave her alone,” she said.

She said her son expressed sorrow for any pain he had caused his former partner and told his mother jail would be the best place for him.

Defence barrister Megan Cusack said there had been a level ‘of mixed messages' being sent by both parties and that her client had continued to come around and see the woman and that she let him in.

He said there had been ‘a sparking up' of a relationship.

The Crown said it was clear the woman had not consented to sex because the man told her: “I raped you four or five nights ago and you've done nothing about it, but you still want me to rot in prison.”

Judge Black sentenced the man to 10 years' in jail andordered he must serve seven-and-a-half years before being eligible for parole.



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