Rapist back in court

A CONVICTED rapist, who just days ago was sentenced to 25 years jail for a horrifying and depraved sexual assault, was back in court again yesterday facing further charges.

Silas Gorden Haines, 31, appeared via video link from the prison in which he has been held.

On Friday he was handed the lengthy prison term in the Sydney District Court.

Judge Colin Charteris sentenced him to serve a minimum of 18 years jail over the sexual assault of a 21-year-old Chinese girl during a home invasion at Park Beach in November 2008.

Yesterday he appeared again, this time in the Coffs Harbour Local Court where he was sentenced on several unrelated charges.

Found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, he was given a separate term of two years imprisonment.

On top of that he got six months prison for malicious damage and a further four months for a charge of larceny.

Described by the courts as a serial offender, who will spend much of his adult life behind bars, Haines will again come before the courts on December 14 answering to a reckless driving charge.

The most serious offences during his crime spree in 2008, centred on the violent home invasion on an Arthur Street unit.

There he and two accomplices, Nathan Dungay, 25, and Grahame Quinlan, 35, forced their way into the unit armed with a knife and a broken bottle. Quinlan is serving eight years for his part. Dungay has begun a 20-year stretch with a non parole period of 14 years.

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