DPP v Hartland [2019] VCC 628

Sentence summary: Rape

A man who raped three women he lured on the dating app Tinder and sexually assaulted a fourth was jailed for 14 years and 9 months.

Glenn Hartland, 44, pleaded guilty to three counts of rape, one charge of sexual assault and one charge of using a carriage service to harass as well as summary charges including distributing an intimate image.

The offender was given a non-parole period of 11 years.

The offender met his victims between January 2014 and June 2016 and established brief relationships with them before his offending.

The court heard in each case, the sexual violence occurred when the victim had tried to break up with him.

The presiding judge said the impact of Hartland's offending had been "deeply traumatic".

"It has reduced strong, confident and empowered women to fearful and uncertain shells of their former selves," the judge said.

The three rapes took place at the victim’s homes where he also strangled two of the women.

On two occasions, the court heard, Hartland's fiancée had been waiting in her car for him.

Mitigating factors included how the New Zealand-born offender had been abandoned by his mother as a child and had been a ward of the state.

However, the presiding judge said because the offender had showed no remorse for his actions, a non-parole period of 11 years was set.

"Rape has nothing to do with desire or sexual attraction. It is a crime of invasive violence. It uses the physical expressions of intimacy to exert power, control and dominance,” the judge said.

The Court heard after one rape in 2014, Hartland told the victim, "You can call that the Monica Lewinsky dress."

The following year, while out at a pub, a woman escaped him in a toilet cubicle but Hartland took her underwear outside and shoved it under his friend's face.

Those actions, the judge said, further aggravated the offending and demonstrated the callous, demeaning and misogynistic attitude Hartland held.

The judge accepted that the offender turned to Tinder in 2014 after a relationship breakdown and began abusing alcohol and drugs.

Additionally, a psychological report found the offender had a severe personality disorder and depression.

Despite the pre-existing conditions, the offender was deemed to be a high chance of re-offending and was handed a longer jail term to adhere to the sentencing principals of general deterrence and denunciation.

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