Rapist who met victim on RSVP wants to appeal sentence

A MAN jailed for brutally raping, maiming, torturing and holding hostage a Mackay woman he met through online dating site RSVP has applied to appeal his sentence in the nation's highest court.

The Australian High Court will determine whether to hear the man's appeal, but no date for a decision either way has been set.

The 35-year-old man was found guilty of raping the woman, 26, who had moved to Brisbane after securing a job with a high-profile organisation.

Before his trial got under way in November 2013, he pleaded guilty to 12 offences - including various assaults, torture, acts intending to maim and deprivation of liberty - but he always maintained he did not rape the woman.

Following a four-day trial, a Brisbane District Court jury found him guilty on two rape charges but dismissed the third rape charge he was facing.

The court heard the offences took place between September 25 and 29, 2011, at the woman's unit in Yeerongpilly.

The court also heard sordid details of how the man raped her with a hairspray can, hairbrush and his fist over the course of several days.

On two occasions he poured bleach over her vagina and anus, resulting in significant burns, while subjecting her to degrading acts and comments.

The man was sentenced last December to eight years behind bars and declared a serious violent offender, meaning he must serve at least 80% of his sentence before being eligible for parole.

He appealed his conviction in the Queensland Court of Appeal on the grounds the verdict was not supportive of the evidence, but his application was thrown out.

- APN NEWSDESK



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