Dan­ger­ous rapist walks streets of Aus­tralia Walks streets of Aus­tralia

This sex­ual preda­tor is free on bail de­spite con­fess­ing to three rapes, writes jour­nal­ist SHERELE MOODY. Me­morise his face.

Sunshine Coast Daily - - YOUR SAY -

THIS is a pub­lic an­nounce­ment for the women of Aus­tralia.

I would like to warn you about vile sex preda­tor Glenn Antony Dy­lan Hart­land.

Dubbed the Tin­der Rapist af­ter us­ing the pop­u­lar dat­ing app to find his vic­tims, Hart­land two weeks ago pleaded guilty to rap­ing three women and sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a fourth.

Yet he re­mains free af­ter a judge de­cided he was safe to be re­leased on bail as he waits for his next sched­uled court date – five months away in March.

Hart­land was ini­tially charged with five counts of rape and mul­ti­ple counts of in­de­cent as­sault, false im­pris­on­ment, com­mon law as­sault and breach­ing his bail by ha­rass­ing his vic­tims.

Just one week be­fore he was due to face trial on all of those charges, he made a deal with the Of­fice of Prose­cu­tions and pleaded guilty to three charges of rape and one of sex­ual as­sault.

When his lawyer sug­gested his bail be ex­tended, the OPP did not op­pose the re­quest.

The OPP then told Hart­land’s vic­tims there was not “suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence” to con­sider re­call­ing the court to re­quest he be locked up.

It is a sur­pris­ing out­come con­sid­er­ing the 44-year-old pleaded guilty to charges that at­tract a max­i­mum prison term of 25 years.

It is also sur­pris­ing given the height­ened fear among women Aus­tralia-wide who have been left shell-shocked by the al­leged rape and mur­der of Eury­dice Dixon in June, the mur­der, and sus­pected rape, of Toyah Cord­ing­ley in Cairns last month and the deaths of 67 other women across the coun­try since Jan­uary 1.

One of Hart­land’s vic­tims – I’ll call her Mary – said she and the other women he as­saulted were liv­ing in fear and would not feel safe un­til Hart­land was locked up.

“We are not safe from this man, and the (po­lice) task­force have never in­di­cated that they are tak­ing the vic­tims’ con­cerns about our safety and the poor han­dling of this case and our rights as vic­tims se­ri­ously,” Mary said.

“The vic­tims of the ac­cused have not been af­forded proper jus­tice – in fact we’ve been told by the po­lice to step away from pur­su­ing the OPP, to be happy that he pleaded guilty and just go home and re­cover.”

The crimes Hart­land pleaded guilty to were com­mit­ted across Mel­bourne in 2014, 2015 and 2016 af­ter he con­nected with his vic­tims through the dat­ing app, Tin­der.

This bloke is a real grub – the kind of selfish cow­ard who

paints him­self as the vic­tim and his vic­tims as the per­pe­tra­tors.

“So glad you have so much to say about me,” he said in a mes­sage to me af­ter I shared a news ar­ti­cle about his crimes.

“Just imag­ine if it was your fa­ther or son in this po­si­tion.

“I find it con­cern­ing that th­ese ‘al­leged vic­tims’ are be­ing called vic­tims at all. “I’m not a rapist.” He fol­lowed this up with a veiled threat. “I just wanted to say that you should be very care­ful about what you write on a pub­lic fo­rum,” he told me.

“Es­pe­cially when that per­son is me - in­no­cent un­til proven guilty.”

Clearly there is some­thing very wrong with a jus­tice sys­tem that con­sid­ers a guilty plea to three rapes and one of sex­ual as­sault is not “suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence” to put a self-con­fessed sex­ual preda­tor be­hind bars.

The women who sur­vived Hart­land’s bru­tal­ity have been be­trayed twice over – once by their rapist and once by the courts, po­lice and pros­e­cu­tors.

It’s now up to his vic­tims to en­sure that any­one who is likely to be con­tacted by Hart­land un­der­stands the po­ten­tial threat.

I have been told by friends and strangers that he was stalk­ing and ha­rass­ing them as far back as 2007 at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions across the coun­try and they have all asked me to get their mes­sage out.

Hart­land uses a range of names in­clud­ing Glenn Pot­ter and Dy­lan Hart­land and is con­nected to a small re­li­gious or­gan­i­sa­tion in in­ner-Mel­bourne.

His ma­nip­u­la­tion knows no ends, in­clud­ing pre­tend­ing to work in the pro­fes­sions of his po­ten­tial vic­tims and claim­ing to be a sports­man who ex­cels at triathlons and snow­board­ing.

“He mir­rors his vic­tims,” Mary says.

“For in­stance he told me he was a lawyer be­cause I’m a lawyer.

“He has all of his moves planned out. He has an an­swer for ev­ery­thing and comes across as quite fun and con­fi­dent.”

Hart­land uses Tin­der to lure women into his web but he is also known to hang out at venues where young women con­gre­gate and at univer­sity events, es­pe­cially sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Hart­land also “gaslights” vic­tims by mak­ing them think they are at fault for ques­tion­ing his mo­tives.

“When you do ques­tion him he gets su­per de­fen­sive and turns it back on you and says things like you’re judge­men­tal and then picks a vul­ner­a­bil­ity to ex­ploit,” Mary said.

“He loves say­ing that you’ve got no one in your life or you haven’t achieved any­thing and then com­pares that to his made-up life.”

An­other vic­tim Hil­lary de­scribed Hart­land as “very cruel”.

“He threat­ened me when I re­fused to meet him,” she said.

“I found out later he had been fol­low­ing a uni friend via mes­sage and also in per­son.”

An­other friend told me Hart­land tried to dupe her into a re­la­tion­ship, re­fus­ing to take no for an an­swer.

“That f **** er tried re­ally hard to get me to go out with him a few years ago,” she said.

“I avoided him be­cause he said some­thing sleazy.

“He is a dan­ger­ous piece of s*** and I can­not see a f **** g rea­son to ex­tend his bail.”

I can only hope that when Hart­land re­turns to court in March, he is or­dered to serve a lengthy jail term. Get­ting this sex preda­tor off the street will help his vic­tims be­gin to heal and en­sure the safety of other women.

● For 24-hour sex­ual vi­o­lence sup­port call the na­tional hot­line 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732


News Corp jour­nal­ist Sherele Moody is the re­cip­i­ent of the 2018 BandT Women in Me­dia So­cial Change Maker Award and has Clar­ion and Walk­ley Our Watch jour­nal­ism ex­cel­lence awards for her work re­duc­ing vi­o­lence against women and chil­dren. She is also the founder of The RED HEART Cam­paign and the cre­ator of the Femi­cide Aus­tralia Map.

Photo: Face­book

BE WARNED: Glenn Antony Dy­lan Hart­land (also pic­tured right) is still on the streets de­spite con­fess­ing to three rapes.

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