DPP v Shandley [2017] VCC 279

Sentence summary: Rape

The offender had abducted the victim off the street and subjected her over two-and-a-half hours to violent and degrading acts that included putting his fingers into her vagina and ended when he ejaculated in her mouth and forced her to swallow. He then stole her belongings. The following day he drove his car at his former partner, jamming her between two vehicles and threatening to kill a bystander who came to her aid.

The offender pleaded guilty to charges including two charges of rape, abduction, making a threat to inflict serious injury and theft.

The judge said the offender’s moral culpability was not reduced by his taking ice shortly before the offending took place. His actions were utterly despicable, and at the upper echelon of seriousness.

The offender received a sentencing discount for his guilty plea, but the judge said it was the duty of the court to denounce his conduct in the strongest possible terms. As a serious sex offender, the primary sentencing consideration was protection of the public. It was also important that he be individually deterred and that others be deterred from engaging in this kind of behaviour.

The offender was sentenced to a total effective sentence of 13 years and six months’ imprisonment with a non-parole period of 10 years.

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