A SOUTH-WEST shearer has been jailed for 12 years after pleading guilty to rape.
Judge Felicity Hampel ordered the man, who The Standard cannot name, serve 10 years before being eligible for parole after he pleaded guilty to rape, recklessly causing serious injury and making threats to kill.
In handing down her sentence in the County Court, Judge Hampel said that in June last year the man was living in Hamilton with his partner of two years.
The judge said there were a number of serious family violence incidents during the relationship, some of which had been reported to police.
“On the evening of 18 June you accused your partner of having sexual relationships with other men,” Judge Hampel told the man.
“An argument broke out. You took your partner’s mobile phone so that she would not be able to call the police.
“You then embarked on a sustained and protracted assault of her, and in the course of the assault, you raped her, and threatened to kill her if she called the police.
“By then she was bleeding from her nose and mouth and spitting blood out of her mouth.”
The man then threatened the woman with knives, continued to assault her and threatened to kill her and her dog if she called police.
“You said that by killing her it would only take five years of your life, but would take hers forever,” Judge Hampel said.
“You told her to choose the knife for you to use to kill her.”
The following day the woman told her mother and a case worker that the attack was of such ferocity that she thought she was going to die.
A medical examination revealed the woman was covered in bruises and suffered a fracture cheekbone.
The woman made a victim impact statement outlining the profound and long-lasting effects of the attack.
“This was a serious, vicious, sustained and violent assault,” the judge said.
“No woman should be subjected to violence at the hands of her partner.
“No woman deserves to be subjected to violence meted out in a jealous rage.
“The rape is properly characterised as a sexualised act of violence, a retaliatory act of gratuitous sexual violence for your baseless belief that your partner had other sexual partners. Such conduct is absolutely unacceptable in a civilised society.”
The man had previously been convicted of manslaughter and served five years in prison before being released on parole.
Reports described the man’s childhood as being marked by emotional privation, violence and incestuous sexual abuse. Mental health reports assessed the man as being significantly psychologically damaged and suffering chronic depression.
He has prior convictions in NSW, as well as three assaults in New Zealand, and has previously had intervention orders taken out against him.
A 1992 probation report reveals an assault victim had been the man’s pregnant partner and he chopped up her bed up with an axe.
The man told the psychiatrist his partner had drug and alcohol problems and he had been repeatedly assaulted by her.
Judge Hampel said defence counsel had abandoned any reliance on his claims of violence by the woman.
She said guilty pleas were only entered on the day a trial was due to start and did not indicate remorse.
“I can only hope you use the time in custody to reflect about your responsibility for your violent behaviour, and consider changing your ways,” she said.