Rapist gets more time be­hind bars

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A CON­VICTED rapist has had more time added to his 14year sen­tence for at­tack­ing a cor­rec­tional of­fi­cer.

Derice Ray­mond Bert Am­ber was high on ice when he forced his way into a Mossman home and sex­u­ally as­saulted a sleep­ing mother while her child was nearby in Au­gust 2016. He had been re­leased from jail just two days prior and was jailed last year.

Judge Julie Dick de­scribed the rape as a “de­grad­ing, hor­ri­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence”, and said prospects of Am­ber’s re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion were low. Just five weeks into the term Am­ber lashed out un­pro­voked against a cor­rec­tive ser­vices of­fi­cer at Stu­art Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre in Townsville.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Sergeant Sean Janes said Am­ber was be­ing es­corted to a se­cure unit on De­cem­ber 6, 2017, and was walk­ing slightly ahead of the guard when he turned around and punched him in the face.

The guard lost a part of a tooth and suf­fered pain and dis­com­fort from the blow. The 22-year-old pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Mag­is­trates Court ear­lier this year.

Mag­is­trate Jeff Clarke or­dered Am­ber have ninemonths added to his sen­tence.

He won’t be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role un­til Fe­bru­ary 2, 2028.

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