Sadistic railway rapist preyed on women and prisoners
A SERIAL sexual offender used the same chilling tactics to rape an inmate in jail as he did countless women in the 1990s, a court has heard.
Troy Allan Burley, 41, who was dubbed the Ipswich railway rapist over a number of sadistic sex attacks in the mid-1990s was months away from being released from jail.
Now Burley will spend a further seven years behind bars after a jury found him guilty of a "degrading and humiliating" assault on a 21-year-old prisoner who was serving his first jail sentence.
During the week-long trial, Crown prosecutor Jacqueline Ball detailed how Burley forced the inmate to perform oral sex on him three times in May last year at Wolston Correctional Centre.
He would walk into the inmate's room naked then subject him to a range of lewd sex acts, the court heard.
Burley, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, sobbed as Judge Jennifer Rosengren reviewed how he used similar tactics to prey on the prisoner and on women in the 1990s including biting, forced oral sex and masturbation.
"(The victim) talked to the fact that you would repeatedly bite him as a form of punishment ... and that you threatened him on numerous occasions that if he did lock his door, that there would be physical punishment," she said.
The court was told of his heinous attacks on four women in the 1990s - brutal rapes carried out in Bundaberg and at Ebbw Vale and Gailes railway stations that involved grabbing women from behind, tying clothing over their faces and taunting his victims during the attack.
Burley also threatened to kill one woman if she didn't tell him where her family lived because he wanted to "have sex with some little girls", the court heard.
Defence barrister Michael Bonasia said Burley should receive a sentence "just and proportionate to the offending".
"He's not to be punished again for things he's done previously," he said.
Mr Bonasia told the court Burley was halfway through a double degree of engineering and business.
Judge Rosengren said the prisoner had felt "trapped and exploited" and would carry the scars for a lifetime.
"He talks of being so terrified of you he could not even tell his family what was going on," she said.
"He talks of nights where he cried himself to sleep because of the way you were manipulating, controlling and preying on him."
Judge Rosengren sentenced Burley to seven years' jail to be served on top of his current sentence.
"The community and offenders expect a prison system where offenders are kept safe from sexual predators," she said.
He will not be released before February 2027. - NewsRegional.
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