Man on parole when he raped
Attacker likely delusional and high on ice
A DRUG addicted Nimbin man was on parole for assaulting his former partner when he raped a 29-year-old woman on Ballina’s Angels Beach last July, the Lismore District Court has heard.
Michael Allen Jeffreys had punched his then partner in the nose when she asked for a cigarette in August 2015.
He was later sentenced to a minimum six months in prison for assault occasioning actual bodily harm and released on parole on March 31.
Three months later, he raped a stranger on a beach in broad daylight.
Jeffreys is facing sentencing in the District Court over the shocking random sexual assault which occurred just after 10am on the Sunday morning of July 3 last year.
During sentencing submissions yesterday the court heard that Jeffreys likely suffered from a drug induced psychotic disorder and schizophrenia and there was evidence he frequently experienced “bizarre delusions”. He was also likely high on the ice at the time of the offence.
Justice Department psychiatrist Dr Kerri Eagle told the court that Jeffreys’ thinking was impaired by his drug affected state, which caused him to “misinterpret his environment and possibly experience a delusion”.
Dr Eagle, who appeared via video link, had assessed Jeffreys some three months after the rape.
She said it was likely Jeffreys had a “chronic underlying mental illness” which included “delusions of people harvesting his organs, and impostors… characteristic of schizophrenia”.
Alongside drug addiction and mental illness the offender had poor judgement, poor social skills and problem-solving abilities.
“He denied he had an illness when it was clear to me he may have had an illness,” she said. “He wasn’t necessary even capable of faking remorse or shame… he did feel distressed and upset over what happened.”
Dr Eagle said there was “absolutely no doubt” that Jeffreys’ likely jail sentence would not support his rehabilitation.
However Judge Laura Wells noted that Jeffreys was on parole at the time the rape and said “little has changed” with regard to his rehabilitation.
After a lengthy legal process Jeffreys will be sentenced next Wednesday.
CRIME SCENE: Angels Beach at Ballina where a rape took place in 2016.