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Beach rape victim confronts attacker in court

Artist impression - Glen James Mitchell
A rape victim has looked her attacker Glen James Mitchell in the eye and told him 
she will ensure that men like him to do not get away with their crimes.

A young woman who was raped a decade ago has confronted her attacker in the District Court in Adelaide and told him he will not be allowed to get away with his crime.
She was 17 when Glen James Mitchell, now 43, forced her into sand dunes at Surfer's Beach at Middleton, in September 1997.
A jury recently found Mitchell guilty.
The court heard he tied up the teenager, threatened her with a knife and raped her four times.
The girl had just finished school and was enjoying a family holiday when the attack happened.
During the trial, Mitchell had claimed that the sex was consensual.
Rapist apologised and threatened victim
Jurors heard that Mitchell apologised immediately after the rape, but threatened to track down the girl if she reported him and he saw his photograph in the media.
The now 27-year-old woman today looked her attacker in the eye as she read her victim impact statement.
She described the rape as the most terrifying and traumatic experience of her life and said she had changed from a happy, confident person to being cynical about the world.
She told him "you took my spark".
The young woman said she felt angry, nauseous and vulnerable when police contacted her last year having identified Mitchell from DNA. She then identified him from a line-up of photographs.
She told him "I resent that you've shown no remorse and failed to take responsibility".
The young woman also said "I want you to know that men like you compromise the safety of women and children, but that women like me will make sure you don't get away with it".
The offender's wife and children also submitted victim impact statements which were read in court.
Mitchell's estranged wife wrote that she was still trying to come to terms with 10 years of their marriage being a complete lie.
His daughter said she felt safer knowing that her father is locked up.
The man's son wrote that he did not want anything to do with Mitchell and no longer considered him his father.
Sentencing submissions will continue next month and Mitchell will be sentenced next year.

www.abc.net.au (6-12-2007)
Jayne Stinson

Repeat rapist jailed for teenager attack

A 43-year-old man who dragged a teenage girl off a beach and violently raped her has been jailed for 14 years.
The sentencing judge has disregarded defence arguments that the father-of-three did not deserve a long sentence.
In 1997, Glen James Mitchell used a knife, mask, duct tape and rope when he raped a girl who had been walking at Middleton, south of Adelaide.
He stabbed the knife into the sand next to her, as a threat.
Mitchell tied his victim's arms behind her and put the rope around her neck.
After the attack Mitchell threatened to track the teenager down.
He was finally caught years after the attack due to DNA evidence.
Since then Mitchell's marriage has collapsed and his children have disowned him.
Mitchell's lawyer said his client did not deserve a long, crushing jail sentence.
He argued that Mitchell was suicidal and had nothing left to live for, except doing laundry at Yatala prison.
But Judge Michael Boylan said Mitchell had been jailed for rape before and was still in denial.
He set a non-parole term of 11 years.

www.abc.net.au (24-1-2008)

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