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Masked rapist's sentence appeal rejected
The Court of Criminal Appeal has refused to reduce the jail sentence given to a masked
rapist who violently attacked two teenage girls.
Paul Michael Radford was arrested 16 years after his crimes when DNA linked
him with rapes he committed in 1994.
He bound and raped the first victim, a girl aged 14, at an Adelaide southern
suburbs school and committed a violent attack against a girl, 15, at Bedford Park months later.
Each time, Radford covered his face with a stocking or balaclava.
He was sentenced to 16 years in jail with a non-parole period of 10 years.
Radford appealed that his sentence was excessive but the court unanimously dismissed the appeal.
It ruled the penalty was justifiably severe because the offending was violent
and Radford had targeted vulnerable girls in isolated circumstances.
Masked rapist Paul Michael Radford sentenced to 10 years non-parole
For 18 years, a rape victim has hated her masked attacker, but DNA technology has
removed his disguise and helped jail him for at least 10 years.
In 1994 the woman was bound, gagged and raped by a balaclava-clad man in the
grounds of Reynella Primary School.
Her attacker remained free - until police identified him in 2009.
"I was actually on a bus going away for the weekend when I got a call from the
South Australian police saying they arrested someone," she said yesterday.
"(I felt) good, upset - there were a lot of different emotions, I guess."
Paul Michael Radford, 44, was sentenced yesterday to at least 10 years for the attack,
and for raping a second girl, in parklands at Bedford Park, later that same year.
But it wasn't until 2009 that police were able to link Radford to the crimes through his DNA.
Radford pleaded guilty this year to the offences.
"It's been three years coming (sentencing) and I think the 18 years that I have had to go
through, it is a good sentence and I hope that he finally takes responsibility for what
he's done," the woman said outside court.
"So many years there was just a lot of hate, because he was wearing a mask at the time I
had no idea who I was hating."
District Court judge Peter Herriman said in sentencing yesterday that Radford's crimes
showed a level of planning. "It was violent. It was aggravated by the fact that it was
perpetrated on very young girls who were strangers and in vulnerable places," he said.
The crimes have had a lasting impact on the women's lives, which was "aggravated by the
substantial time that elapsed before you were brought to justice", the judge said.
He jailed Radford for 16 years with a 10-year non-parole period, backdated to when he
went into custody in May 2009.
Outside court, Detective Brevet Sergeant Terry McCormack spoke on behalf of the other
victim, saying she wanted to thank the man who came to her aid after the 1994 assault and called police.
He said the woman asked if the man remembered the incident
that he come forward so she could thank him personally.
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