‘It’s a beautiful dress’ – Woman found guilty of rape
Google News article A woman who was found guilty in 2014 of raping a 19-year-old woman on a farm has been sentenced to a year in jail.
The sentence for the 28-year old, who has been on bail since the rape, was imposed on Wednesday after a judge found she had failed to provide a “substantial” opportunity to present a defence.
The judge said she had also failed to make an effective defence of self-defence and the rape occurred after the woman and another man had been drinking together.
The trial judge also rejected the Crown’s argument that the victim, who was only 14 at the time, had been intoxicated when she was raped.
“You’re guilty of this because of the fact that you were intoxicated, and this is a serious and horrific offence,” Judge Elizabeth Daley said.
“I’m sure that the young woman’s family will be devastated.”
The woman’s victim told the court the two men had gone out to the farm where the woman had been living for more than two years to have drinks, and the victim had then gone to bed with them.
“She woke up, and when she came to the door, the other person was already gone,” Ms Jelinek told the jury.
“There was a lot of screaming and crying going on, and I could hear the cries of the young girl.
I was just standing there, and all I heard was the girl screaming.”
The Crown argued the victim and the other man had not been drinking and the girl was not drunk when she awoke.
The Crown also said Ms Jettek’s victim had not known the victim was pregnant and the couple were not married at the moment of the attack.
“This young woman is now being subjected to years of trauma and abuse at the hands of a man who should never have been allowed to commit this heinous offence,” Ms Daley told the judge.
“It is a terrible and devastating sentence.”
She said the case was important in protecting children from sex trafficking and said it was a “terrible tragedy” for the victim.
“The sentence of a year is a severe sentence,” she said.
The victim’s mother and her stepfather spoke to the court after the hearing.
“They are just relieved and devastated,” Ms Cairns said.
They said they were also “heartbroken and angry” at the decision.
“We are devastated that she was allowed to go to jail, that she is not getting justice,” she added.
“For them, we don’t want this to happen to other girls.”
A judge has told the young offender not to go near the farm again She said it had been hard to keep the two young men out of her daughter’s life for years.
“A year is just a year,” she told the hearing, adding that she hoped the sentence would give some “positive direction” to the young man.
Judge Daley described the girl as a “perfect victim”.
“The girl is not a child, she is a very mature young woman who has not had to go through this,” she stated.
“Her memory of what happened is very clear.”
Ms Jettes stepfather said the family did not have “the money” to hire a lawyer, but that the court had made a “big decision” to send her away.
“But at the same time, we are so sad,” he said.