08 August 2016

Extra jail for backpacker rapist

A man who raped a backpacker multiple times in a Melbourne hotel over a six-week period has had his jail term increased by six years following an appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

DPP John Champion S.C. appealed the initial County Court sentence of 17 years' imprisonment, with a non-parole period of 13 years, imposed on Alfio Anthony Granata on the grounds the sentence was manifestly inadequate. Granata had pleaded guilty to  nine counts of rape, two counts of making a threat to kill, one count of threatening to inflict serious injury, one count of intentionally causing serious injury, and one count of theft.

The Court of Appeal today upheld the appeal and resentenced Granata to 23 years' imprisonment, with a non-parole period of 17 years.

The Court of Appeal said the sentence imposed in the County Court did not "adequately reflect the need to denounce and punish the object gravity of the offending". The Court said Granata had repeatedly raped the victim and caused her serious injury by beating, whipping, stabbing and cutting her.

The Court rejected Granata's argument that psychological difficulties had contributed to the offending, saying expert evidence had overwhelmingly demonstrated the offending was the result of his heavy use of methylamphetamine at the time of the offending.

View the judgment here.

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Lisa Walker

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