Hopevale man jailed for rape
HOPEVALE man Joseph Jack has been sentenced to 10 years’ jail for rape and attempted rape in Port Douglas.
The incidents occurred on November 8 and 18 in 2010 when Jack, who was 20 at the time, preyed on two different women who were walking home alone from licensed premises on Macrossan St in the early hours of the morning.
The first woman got away but 10 days later the second woman was physically assaulted, raped and had her handbag and mobile phone stolen.
Criminal Investigations Branch Senior-Detective Trevor Perham said Jack was identified and arrested later that day on November 18, 2010.
“He was attending a three-week course in Port Douglas at the time and he went out looking for his victims after having a few drinks,” he said.
“Unfortunately even remote rural communities such as Port Douglas and Mossman aren’t immune to extreme violence and we need to guard against it.
“People need to be conscious about personal safety - it’s the common-sense approach, don’t walk home alone, catch a cab.”
The jury found Jack guilty on all charges of assault with intent to rape, assault occasioning bodily harm, rape and robbery and last week was sentenced.
“He was sentenced by Judge Everson in Cairns District Court to 10 years’ imprisonment and he declared him a serious violent offender, which means he must serve 80 per cent of that sentence,” Sen-Det Perham said.
Jack has already spent two years in custody and has a minimum of six-and-a-half-years before he is eligible for parole.
If you are a victim of assault, contact the confidential Queensland sexual assault helpline from 7.30am to midnight, 7 days a week on 1800 010 120 or Lifeline 24 hours, 7 days a week on 13 11 14 and police on 4087 1999.