Hope­vale man jailed for rape

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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