A COUNTY Court judge yesterday labelled three rapes committed by a trainee Portland shearer as appalling before jailing the heavy drug user for at least six years.
Judge James Montgomery told the Warrnambool County Court that no civil society could accept the behaviour of James Gregory Horneij, 33, now of the Melbourne Remand Centre.
Horneij pleaded guilty on Monday to six offences, including three counts of rape, two assaults and a single count of threatening to inflict serious injury.
Judge Montgomery said the victim had been left with memories she had trouble dealing with and protection of the community was a key sentencing principle.
He said Horneij admitted a substantial criminal record, which included violence, driving and drug matters.
“It’s a truly unimpressive record,” Judge Montgomery told the defendant.
Horneij was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment, with a minimum six years to serve before being eligible for parole. He has already spent 150 days in custody.
Judge Montgomery said Horneij had grown up as a street kid in Melbourne, took up using drugs and alcohol at a very young age and he had little education or skills.
He said psychological reports indicated Horneij had low insight into his offending and borderline intellectual abilities.
The judge said that Horneij had made a limited expression of remorse during an interview with police when the defendant claimed he believed the victim was consenting.
On Monday crown prosecutor Temple Saville said that at the time of the offending in April this year Horneij was a heavy user of “ice” methamphetamine and alcohol.
Defence counsel Pat Howman said his client had previously been sentenced to serve jail time in Victoria 11 times and NSW five times.
Mr Howman said Horneij was remorseful and admitted acting inappropriately.