By Elizabeth Byrne.
A man who repeatedly raped a woman and forced her to carve his nickname into her arm with a knife while keeping her confined has been jailed in the ACT for nearly 14 years.
The 26-year-old Pakistani national was “depraved and seeking to meet warped desires”, a Canberra judge said during sentencing.
The man pleaded guilty to six charges, including rape, unlawful confinement and assault, over the ordeal the woman suffered in 2014.
The court heard on one occasion he forced the woman to carve his nickname into her arm with a knife.
He also threatened to kill her by cutting off her head, as well as saying he would cut off her legs and throw her body in the water in Darwin.
Justice John Burns said the facts of the case demonstrated “the depths of [the man’s] depravity”.
He said the behaviour went well beyond sexual gratification and was aimed at demonstrating power over the victim.
The court was told the pair met at a cleaning job and the woman had moved in with her attacker for a brief time, before deciding to leave.
The man later found the woman and held her, mostly keeping her confined in his apartment, until she escaped from his car outside his workplace by asking a passerby for help.
The man claimed in court that he had no memory of the events and was consuming large amounts of alcohol and cannabis on a daily basis.
But Justice Burns noted he had been holding down a job at the same time and rejected the claim.
“It’s very clear you are feigning a lack of memory around the events,” he said.
“It may be to minimise your responsibility.”
Justice Burns suggested the man may have been trying to put a better light on the situation for his family.
He said the victim, who like the man was Muslim, had suffered long-term effects from the crime.
He said she now felt like a “cheap woman”.
Justice Burns told the man that as a Muslim he would have been aware of how it would affect her.
He noted threats by the man to harm himself if he was jailed for longer or deported.
But he suggested the man had been trying to encourage the court to hand down a lighter sentence.
“That tactic will not work,” he said.
The man has been sentenced to 13 years and eight months in jail, with a non-parole period of eight years and two months.
The court heard he was likely to be deported at the completion of his sentence.
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