Jail for ‘violent’ rape, Kangaroo Flat man threatened to kill victim

A KANGAROO Flat man who raped a woman he met on a dating website had been released from prison for an earlier rape sentence less than six months earlier.

Gary John Collingwood, 47, was yesterday jailed for 13 years and six months for charges of rape, false imprisonment and making threats to kill.

Collingwood met the victim through a social dating website in November last year and raped her in his Kangaroo Flat home on January 12 this year. It was the first time the pair had met in person.

The Bendigo County Court heard the victim refused Collingwood’s sexual advances, before he held a knife to her face, tied her up and gagged her.

After the offences, Collingwood cried out “oh f*** what have I done?”, before tying her ankles together to prevent her escape.

When the woman begged to be let go, Collingwood told her that he couldn’t allow her to leave and that one of them had to die.

Police were eventually called to the house when Collingwood passed out on prescription drugs and the woman was able to free herself.

The court heard that prior to the offences Collingwood had served a 13-year-jail term for rape in Western Australia; he was released mid-way through 2012.

Judge Richard Maidment sentenced Collingwood yesterday as a “serious sex offender” and took into account his extensive history of violent and sexual crimes, dating back to 1984.

Judge Maidment said the horror of the offences would leave the victim with long-lasting psychiatric and emotional concerns.

He praised the courage of the victim, who was present in court during the sentencing, and had earlier given evidence to the court.

A psychological report tendered to the court noted that Collingwood suffered from borderline personality disorder that had been aggravated by his institutionalisation.

Judge Maidment told Collingwood he would need particular psychological help in prison but he described his prospects of rehabilitation as poor.

Collingwood will serve a non-parole period of 10 years in prison.

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