Boyfriend’s hor­ror act

The Observer - - NEWS - SARAH BARNHAM Sarah.Barnham@sc­

A GLAD­STONE man who teamed up with a friend to sex­u­ally abuse his sleep­ing girl­friend has been re­leased on pa­role.

The man, who can­not be named, has spent the past five months in jail and to­day pleaded guilty to sev­eral of­fences in Glad­stone Mag­is­trates Court.

The most se­ri­ous of­fence was on May 14 about 5pm, ac­cord­ing to facts read out by Mag­is­trate Den­nis Kin­sella.

The 34-year-old at­tended his part­ner’s house with an un­known man and found her asleep in­side.

The man carried his part­ner up­stairs into a bed­room where her pants were re­moved. The woman soon woke up to the un­known man on top of her try­ing to put his pe­nis into her vagina. Her boyfriend, also naked, was try­ing to put his pe­nis into her mouth. The woman tried to roll away and told the men “F--- off ” but her boyfriend dragged her back and told her to “shut up”.

The woman kicked out at her boyfriend who had started to put his clothes back on. The other man left the house.

She ran down­stairs and hid in the pantry but was fol­lowed by her boyfriend who said if she “kept car­ry­ing on” he would leave.

The woman said: “Get away from me”. The man later texted her and said: “Okay I’m so sorry I don’t know what hap­pened ... this is a bit f---ed up ... I’m so up­set with my­self.”

In an in­ter­view with po­lice the next day the man said he didn’t re­mem­ber the in­ci­dent but ad­mit­ted it “could have hap­pened”.

The court heard the man was as­sessed by a clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist who stated in a re­port pre­sented in court the man had a learn­ing dis­abil­ity and had “ex­tremely low in­tel­li­gence”.

Fam­ily mem­bers de­scribed the man as “fun, lov­ing and com­pas­sion­ate” and his girl­friend was in court to sup­port him. Mag­is­trate Kin­sella noted the man was not be­ing charged for at­tempted rape but rather a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence order breach. He said the el­e­ment of sex­ual as­sault formed part of the nar­ra­tive that de­scribed the act of the breach.

Mag­is­trate Kin­sella said it was a “very se­ri­ous” breach in­volv­ing an as­sault of sex­ual na­ture that vi­o­lated the pri­vacy of the “vul­ner­a­ble” woman.

He was or­dered to serve a two-year im­pris­on­ment term, with im­me­di­ate pa­role re­lease.

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