Fighter handed 8 years for rape
AN “entitled” former professional boxer and soldier will spend up to eight years in jail for the drunken rape of a sex worker in 2016.
Thomas Lynch, 41, was yesterday jailed for eight years with a non-parole period of five years and eight months after a jury in August found him guilty of two counts of rape.
Lynch told police in a recorded interview “money buys consent” and that “if that’s not the case then I don’t understand the constitution at all”.
“I’m not denying I had sex with her but I paid for it and I thought that made it OK,” Lynch said.
Justice Peter Barr yesterday said it was Lynch’s “misplaced sense of entitlement” which lay behind his offending.
Justice Barr said he was satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt Lynch threatened to kill the woman during the attack and had pulled her hair, but was not satisfied he had pulled clumps of her hair out.
Lynch, the son of a prominent former police officer, had a brief criminal history including assault on police when he jumped the dock at court.
Lynch’s barrister, Peter Elliott, said of the rapes: “The offending … is such that it is
CROWN PROSECUTOR STEPHEN GEARY
difficult to really offer an explanation for it.”
He said Lynch understood he would be spending more time in prison.
“Yes, anyone who is convicted of these offences is going to spend some years in jail,” he said.
He said Lynch was a hard worker from a good family, and had a partner who was standing by him.
Crown Prosecutor Stephen Geary said Lynch had shown no remorse, putting his victim through the ordeal of a trial.
“There is no remorse in this matter,” he said.
He said Lynch’s relatively clean criminal record was no reason for him to avoid a long jail sentence.
“Being found guilty of a sexual offence isn’t like driving while you’re intoxicated,” Mr Geary said.
After time served, Lynch will be eligible for parole in 2024.
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