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Busport rapist Raymond Bennell loses appeal against jail

A man who raped an intellectually disabled woman near the Esplanade bus port in 2009 has failed in his bid to have his jail sentence reduced.
Raymond Morris Bennell, 45, of Forrestfield, pleaded guilty in the Perth District Court last year to raping the handicapped woman, who is also legally blind, in August 2009.
The court was told Bennell approached the woman at the bus port on her way to work one morning.
He took her to some nearby bushes where he raped her before getting onto a bus with her during which time he sexually assaulted her again.
Bennell pleaded guilty to three counts of sexually penetrating an incapable person and was handed a seven-year jail term, backdated to March 2010.
In June, lawyers acting on behalf of Bennell argued in the Court of Appeal that because he had not “abused any position of trust”, nor had he used violence on the handicapped victim, seven years' imprisonment was not a “proper reflection” of his overall criminality.
They also argued that the jail sentence imposed on him for the third count of sexually penetrating an incapable person should have been made concurrent with the other two counts.
The Director of Public Prosecutions opposed the reduction in jail time and argued the seven-year sentence was appropriate.
Handing down its decision yesterday, the Court of Appeal said the seven year jail term should stand and dismissed the appeal.
Bennell will be eligible for parole in 2015.

www.perthnow.com.au (10-8-2011)
Phil Hickey
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/busport-rapist-raymond-bennell-loses-appeal-against-jail/story-e6frg13u-1226112154999



Man jailed for raping blind, handicapped woman

A 44-year old father of three has been handed a seven year jail term after pleading guilty to raping a blind, intellectually handicapped woman.
Appearing in Perth District Court today, Raymond Morris Bennell, Raymond Morris Bennell pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual penetration in circumstances of aggravation.
The court was told a drunken Bennell had accosted the woman in August 2009 at the Esplanade bus port before taking her to some nearby bushes where he committed two of the offences.
He then boarded the bus with the woman, taking her to the back seat and continuing the assault.
Bennell was charged with five offences, two of which were later withdrawn.
Despite initially denying the offences, on the eve of his trial Bennell pleaded guilty to the three remaining charges.
In court today, Judge Patrick O'Neil said that Mr Bennell had an extensive criminal record and the only breaks in his offending behaviour over the past 30 years was when the 44-year old was incarcerated.
Mr O'Neil said he did not believe Bennell had shown any remorse because he maintained that in his drunken state he had believed the woman had given consent.
Judge O'Neil said Bennell should have known that the woman was incapable of giving any consent, especially since he had known the woman previously.
Bennell will be eligible for parole after five years.

The West Australian 6-8-2010
Giordano Stolley
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/7721457/man-jailed-for-raping-blind-handicapped-woman/


Man admits raping intellectually disabled woman

A Perth man has pleaded guilty to raping a partially blind and intellectually disabled woman near a busy city busport.
Raymond Morris Bennell, 44, pleaded guilty in the Perth District Court to raping the 35-year-old woman near a busy city busport.
Bennell, of Forrestfield in Perth's southern suburbs, pleaded guilty to three counts of sexually penetrating an incapable person.
Two similar charges were withdrawn by the prosecution as part of a plea deal.
The court was told that at about 5.30am on August 26, 2009, Bennell met the woman at the Perth city busport and led her to a nearby park.
He proceeded to rape the woman before accompanying her back to the busport and getting on a bus with her.
It was also alleged Bennell continued to sexually assault the woman on the bus, but those charges were withdrawn.
Fellow workers noticed something wrong with the victim when she arrived at work. They saw Bennell hanging around outside and chased him off.
Police were called and the victim told them she had been sexually assaulted by Bennell, whom she had known for a few months.
When questioned by police, Bennell said he had met his victim at the busport a few months earlier and had continued to meet her there each week.
He had been drinking all through the night of the assault and claimed it had been consensual.
He later admitted to the court he ought to have known she was intellectually incapable of rebuffing his advances.
The victim told police she was ``upset and uncomfortable'' with Bennell's behaviour on the day of the assault.
Bennell was remanded in custody to be sentenced on August 6.

AAP (27-5-2010)
Cortlan Bennett








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