Mother raped twice in her own home

A RIVER Heads mother was terrorised in her own home, enduring a horrific 45-minute ordeal during which she was raped and left unconscious twice, a court heard on Thursday.

A 24-year-old man, who cannot be named in order to protect the victim, pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay District Court to six charges including rape, sexual assault and deprivation of liberty.

The court heard the man, who was the subject of a domestic violence order, entered his former partner's home on November 25 last year and started verbally abusing her.

The woman, 19, walked away from the man and tried to leave the house, but he grabbed her around waist, put a hand over her mouth and pulled her back inside.

Over the next 45 minutes she tried unsuccessfully to escape numerous times.

During the violent ordeal the man placed the woman in a choke hold twice, choking her until she lost consciousness and on one occasion caused her to drop her 18-month-old child.

The woman was repeatedly punched and kicked while her child cried in the background and the man prevented her from calling police by pulling the phone cord from the wall.

The torment ended when police, who had been alerted by neighbours, knocked on the door while the man was in the act of raping her.

Crown prosecutor Chris Cook said if the woman had not struggled so much during the attack "she would have been more severely sexually assaulted".

Mr Cook told the court the woman had been suffering ongoing effects from the ordeal.

"It was a brutal crime where the complainant was treated as an object for (the defendant's) own gratification," Mr Cook said.

Judge Helen Bowskill described the incident as "horrific" and a "terrible and cowardly act" during her sentencing remarks.

"There is serious violence involved in the offence and the circumstances of the rape itself," she said.

Ms Bowskill sentenced the man to nine years in prison with no fixed parole date.



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