Multiple Rapist Jailed For 22yrs
A Melbourne man who blamed the designer drug ice for sexual
attacks on three
teenage girls was today jailed for 22 years and nine months.
Muhammed Kerbatieh, 33, of Coburg, had denied the allegations but a
County Court jury
found him guilty of raping two 15-year-olds and attempting to
rape a 16-year-old during a
17-day spree starting in September 2001.
Today, Judge Jim Duggan jailed him for a minimum term of 18 years,
attacks as "an outburst of predatory sexual violence at an
"You still maintain your innocence but the reality is that the case
against you was quite
overwhelming," Judge Duggan said.
"The fact is you exploited their youth and vulnerability and employed
physical strength to commit these quite outrageous crimes," he said.
The court was told that Kerbatieh lured the impressionable
young girls into isolated places
where he could attack them.
He told his first victim, a 15-year-old he met in Sydney Road, Brunswick,
that he was a
drug dealer, before taking her to a Coburg park and raping her.
"You told her you were her worst nightmare. You told her to do what you
you would kill her," Judge Duggan said.
Three days later Kerbatieh raped another 15-year-old whom he
persuaded to come to his
mother's home, where he was living, after they met at a pool hall.
He accused her of stealing $20,000 from him before handcuffing her,
tying her feet and
His third victim was walking to school along Sydney Road when Kerbatieh
forced her into his house, before she managed to flee.
During the trial in March, Kerbatieh sacked his lawyer, conducting his
own defence and
cross-examining his victims.
The jury found him guilty on 15 charges, including rape, assault with
intent to rape,
committing an indecent act with a child and false imprisonment.
During the plea for mitigation the court was told Kerbatieh had
began using "crystal meth",
or ice, after he had served a prison term for shaking his baby
daughter, giving her brain
Judge Duggan said a psychologist's report found Kerbatieh's heavy
chronic use of "crystal
meth" had disposed him toward aggression and violence.
"The violent rape of a young girl taken from the streets is rightly
regarded as a most
serious offence," the judge said.
"For this you have no-one to blame but yourself."
Herald and Weekly Times (20-6-2003)