Fighter handed 8 years for rape

NT News - - NEWS - CRAIG DUN­LOP

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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