Serial rapist jailed

By CRAIG McTEAR

KERUBEE Bernabao Kalaw will have plenty of time to ponder his horrendous crimes against women.

In the Coffs Harbour District Court yesterday, the 29-year-old Sydney father was sentenced to 18 years in jail with a non-parole period of 14 years after a series of sexual assaults.

He has been in custody since October, 2004, and won't be eligible for parole until 2018.

He pleaded guilty to five counts of aggravated sexual intercourse without consent, one charge of inflicting actual bodily harm with intent to have sexual intercourse, and one count of threatening actual bodily harm with intent to have sexual intercourse.

Kalaw committed one of those offences against a 17-year-old girl at Bellingen two years ago.

Judge Roy Ellis told the court the girl was on her way home from work at Bellingen on September 28, 2004, when Kalaw asked her if she wanted to make money.

He grabbed her around the head and dragged her into bushes, but she violently fought back and screamed.

Kalaw took out a knife and said he would stab her. He pushed her down and she tried to dial 000 on her mobile phone. She thought she had been unsuccessful and resumed the fight, grabbing Kalaw's testicles.

He released her.

The other incidents involved a 19-year-old woman at Taree on August 20, 2004; a 17-year-old girl just off the

Pacific Highway somewhere between Kew and Newcastle on August 25, 2004; a 42-year-old woman at Port Macquarie on September 25, 2004; and a 20-year-old woman at Kempsey on October 3, 2004.

Judge Ellis said in 2003, Kalaw began having 'strong deviant sexual fantasies in forcing females to have sex with him'.

He began using a web page on forced sex and bought a black market rape video. He moved on to fulfilling his fantasies by engaging sex workers, but 'wanted the real thing'.

Kalaw had expressed general contrition and remorse for his actions, and had previously been of good character, with no prior convictions, Judge Ellis said.

At the time of the attacks, he was married with a son, who is now six, but Kalaw's wife had since 'disowned him'.

Judge Ellis said Kalaw was prepared to continue taking medication to lower his libido and recognised 'he has serious problems'.

Kalaw had 'turned to God' three or four months after he was first incarcerated, Judge Ellis said.



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