Machete rapist jailed for 10 years for attack on nurse
A MAN who raped a nurse in a remote NT community while she was out walking her dogs before threatening to cut her head off with a machete will spend at least seven years in jail.
The 31-year-old - who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim - pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court to raping and threatening to kill the 57-year-old woman in a remote community in January this year.
Crown prosecutor Stephen Geary told the court while the attack was "highly traumatic" for the woman, all remote communities were also victims of the crime.
"For many people in her position it's not just a job, it's about giving something and helping the people there," he said.
"They need to feel safe or else they won't come.
"Everyone in remote communities needs to feel safe and certainly, the conduct of this offender is traumatic, not only for the victim but for the (whole) community."
The man's lawyer, Marty Aust, said the attack had not been premeditated and his client had been up all night smoking cannabis before he stormed out in a rage following an argument, armed with the machete.
"This rage manifested itself in a completely horrendous, horrific piece of offending," he said.
In setting a 10-year head sentence with a non-parole period of seven years, Justice Jenny Blokland said the woman "must have been terrified" during the "terrible, serious example of sexual and violent offending".
"It has deeply affected her personal life and her nursing career which she has been engaged in for 37 years," she said.
"You committed this horrific offence following your leaving the house, it does appear that this was largely opportunistic as your lawyer has said, however, that factor is a marginal influence on the sentence given how serious and shocking that the acts were that you perpetrated."
Justice Blokland said the man had a history of violent offending including spending time in jail for spearing his cousin.
"You have to learn to respect women, you cannot offend in this way," she said.
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Originally published as Brutal machete rapist jailed for 10 years for attack on nurse