‘Family man’ repeatedly raped woman in heinous hotel attack
A Gold Coast “family man” who violently raped an erotic masseuse placed her in a headlock, then threatened to throw her from the 73rd story window of a luxury hotel and make it look like a suicide, a court has heard.
Glenn Geoffrey Thomas McKenna, 34, paid the woman $250 for a massage but midway through their encounter he turned violent forcing her to kneel and telling her it can go “the easy way or the hard way”.
The father of three, who was described as a community-minded “family man”, was jailed for nine years’ on Friday after pleading guilty to the horrific assault in the Meriton apartment suites on January 19, 2018.
McKenna, who was supported by his wife, family and friends in the Brisbane District Court, pleaded guilty to four counts of rape.
The court heard he had been a been a client of the woman’s five times before and knew she did not offer sexual services.
Despite that, McKenna repeatedly raped the woman, thrashing her against the walls and threatened to “break her jaw and smash her teeth”.
“You made a comment about people committing suicide out of a window noting that it was 73 floors up and that ... no one would know she was there,” Judge Paul Smith said.
“She thought she was going to die.”
An off-duty police officer saw McKenna pulling her as she tried to escape the room and when he intervened McKenna told the officer he had paid a prostitute for “porn star sex” and she had stolen his money.
The court was told the 33-year-old woman, who had a pre-existing medical condition, was traumatised “emotionally and physically” from the ordeal.
Barrister Gerry Elmore appeared at a loss when Judge Smith asked him “Why did he do this?”
Mr Elmore said his offending stood in stark contrast to his otherwise good character.
The court heard McKenna was known in the community as a good family man who had organised a local bike show and he had been “instrumental” in his three boys’ lives.
McKenna had run his own lawnmowing business and then worked as an interstate freight driver until being charged over the attack.
The court heard he had no prior convictions for sexual offending.
“I really find the offending here astounding actually, astounding in light of how you’re regarded by other people,” Judge Smith said.
“So there’s clearly a dark side there.”
McKenna will serve at least four and half years’ behind bars before he is eligible for parole.
*For 24-hour support phone Queensland’s DVConnect on 1800 811 811 or MensLine on 1800 600 636, NSW’s Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463 or the national hotline 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).
Originally published as ‘Family man’ repeatedly raped woman in heinous hotel attack