Rapist gets 10 years

JAILED: Nadort is led from court after an earlier hearing.
JAILED: Nadort is led from court after an earlier hearing.

LOCKWOOD man Jarrod Nadort has been sentenced to 10 years’ jail for violently raping and assaulting a 15-year-old girl.The sentence also takes into account two charges of sexual penetration of a child under 16, relating to a 12-year-old girl on a different occasion.Nadort, 24, was sentenced in the Melbourne County Court yesterday morning.During his trial in Bendigo last month, the court was told Nadort had been “caught in the act” when another person walked into the spare bedroom and found him kneeling over the teenage victim who was crying and screaming. A female witness told the court she saw the victim try to crawl away from Nadort. Nadort did not deny having sex with the teenager, but said it was consensual. He was found guilty by a jury of two counts of rape and one of assault.In a victim impact statement, the victim described the pain and anguish the rape had caused. “I felt that I had a tattoo across my forehead after Jarrod had attacked me and I felt vulnerable because of it,’’ she said.“I would try and act tough so I didn’t seem vulnerable to the outside world, but really I was feeling anything but tough. I felt easy targeted, naive, empty, used, violated and fearful. “The scars from this incident may not be visible, but I live with the pain, the mental and emotional scars every day.’’The rape occurred at a 21st birthday party in February last year. Four months later Nadort twice had sex with a 12-year-old girl in a bungalow at his parents’ house.Nadort pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual penetration of a child under 16.His friend, Dale Goss, 25, of Golden Square, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual penetration of a child under 16.At the pre-sentence hearing for all matters, prosecutor Patrick Southey called for a sentence of seven to 10 years with a non-parole period of five to seven years for Nadort, and two to three years jail with a non-parole period of 12 to 18 months for Goss.Judge Rachelle Lewitan said Nadort’s offending was very serious, considering the violent nature of the rape and the fact that the victim was affected by alcohol.Nadort will be eligible for parole after seven years.Goss was sentenced to two years’ jail with a non-parole period of 16 months.