An Australian man who kidnapped a lady and then brutally beat and raped her over the course of five days has been given a 22-year prison sentence.
Robert Wilson, a 35-year-old father of two, had met the victim through the dating app Badoo.
On Friday, July 22, after entering a plea of guilty to the heinous act he committed against the 39-year-old woman, Wilson was given a sentence at Victoria’s County Court.
Prior to being imprisoned in a bedroom at Robert’s home in Darley in Melbourne’s northwest from March 25 to March 29, the victim and Robert, 35, met on the dating app Badoo.
The woman recalled the horrifying experience and claimed that each time she left her bedroom and entered a hallway, an alarm would go off.
He threatened the woman that if she tried to escape, he would kill her, deport her or turn her into a “money-making machine” by inviting men around to have sex with her.
The woman underwent severe physical torture, faced humiliation and was beaten until her face was so swollen she could hardly see.
On Friday, July 22, Wilson was sentenced to 22 years and six months in prison by County Court Judge Fiona Todd.
Wilson will be registered as a sex offender for life, and must serve 16 years before being eligible for parole. Just before he locked the woman inside his home and held her as prisoner, Wilson was reportedly discussing plans to move in with the woman.
Wilson tracked the victim’s movements on his property using security cameras; his house was surrounded by metal shutters and an electric fence.
During the assaults, Robert would beat her with a metal bar, hold a speargun to her head, strangle her and ask her, “Do you want to die?” He even forced the woman to delete her phone and Facebook contacts and transfer his money.
Wilson released her after five days, on March 29, 2019. He drove the victim to her house and threatened her with dire consequences if she revealed the incident to anyone. Wilson pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, three counts of rape, theft and intentionally causing injury.
Judge Todd described the crime as ‘grossly horrific’. The judge wanted the sentence to reflect the gravity of the attacks and the seriousness of the gruesome violence. Judge Todd said, “This was boundless cruelty.”
She said the heinous crime had a devastating impact on the victim, who might never contemplate being in another relationship with a man.
Reading the victim impact statement, Judge Todd said, “She was paralyzed with fear much of the time you harmed her, but her will to survive was strong.” The judge added, “She said she feels different now, thinks that she will never be normal again.”