A woman felt she was “looking into the eyes of Satan” when she
was raped and bashed by her former partner, the ACT Supreme
Court has heard.
The court heard a dramatic account of the attack, which took
place in 2015, where the 38-year-old man told his partner he
would stay all day, raping her until she could not move.
The ordeal, where the man also threatened to kill the victim,
ended after the woman managed to ring a friend who called for
The court heard the woman suffered multiple injuries during the
incident, which had lasted more than two hours. It included
having her teeth knocked out as she was repeatedly hit during
The man eventually pleaded guilty to the offences. However, the
victim said the incident had destroyed her former self.
“I thought I was going to die and I honestly wish I had,” she
“I live as a corpse with no future. What I experienced was
like looking into the eyes of Satan himself.”
The woman told the court she was afraid of the time when the
man would be released from custody.
“He will one day be free … to seek me out and finish the job
he started on that fateful day,” she said.
‘He must have known the way he acts on ice’: prosecutor
His lawyer Alyn Doig told the court the man had little memory
of the events, but now felt a deep shame for what he did to
someone to whom he had professed love.
Mr Doig also added that the man had been on the drug ice at the
He told the court the man had fallen in with the wrong company
since he began taking drugs in 2009.
“He engaged with a group of people not known for their
pro-social activities,” he said.
In 2015, he was shot in a drive-by shooting, and according to
Mr Doig, the man said that was the beginning of the end.
But Prosecutor Trent Hickey dismissed suggestions about the
man’s remorse, and said given his history it was meaningless.
“When the rubber hits the road he does as he pleases,” he
Mr Hickey noted that the man had been “sexually hyped up” and
had not cared who was hurt.
“This was voluntarily taken ice,” he said.
“He must have known full well the way he acts when he is on
Mr Hickey said the offence was in the worst category given the
circumstances and called for a long sentence.
The man will be sentenced next week.