Cruel rapist Robert Wilson’s chilling threat during days-long rape ordeal

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A Melbourne man raped and violently beat a woman he held captive for days and also took pictures of the horrific ordeal.

Robert Wilson raped the woman 18 times at his home in Darley, northwest of Melbourne, between 25 and 29 March 2019.

The 35-year-old met his victim on the dating app Badoo several weeks before he held her captive on his property and subjected her to brutal attacks.

He pleaded guilty in Victoria County Court to three counts of rape, covering all sex crimes, false imprisonment, willful injury and theft after stealing $3,130 from his victim.

Robert Wilson pleaded guilty to brutally raping and beating a woman he held in his home for days.  Delivered
Camera iconRobert Wilson pleaded guilty to brutally raping and beating a woman he held in his home for days. Delivered Credit: Delivered

Wilson told his victim she couldn’t leave his property and forced her into humiliating sex acts, hitting her, hitting her with a metal bar and threatening her with a harpoon gun.

“Do you want to die?” he asked

At one point, he also stomped on the woman and when she was questioned during a plea hearing for his plea, prosecutor Ruth Champion told the court she was “particularly upset”.

During one of the rapes, he showed “an overt display of his objectification and submission of her as a sexual object,” the court was told.

During Friday’s pre-sentence hearing, the court was told that Wilson took a photo of his victim during one of the attacks.

Court-released photo of the harpoon gun that Wilson held to his victim's head and threatened to kill her.  Delivered
Camera iconCourt-released photo of the harpoon gun that Wilson held to his victim’s head and threatened to kill her. Delivered Credit: Delivered

She urged Judge Fiona Todd to add him to the sex offender registry and sentence him to prison for his “repeated, intentional and prolonged” crimes against his victim.

The court was also told that when police questioned Wilson, he “made vigorously disparaging statements.”

Despite showing no remorse when he pleaded guilty to the crimes, his attorney Simon Kenny told the court that Wilson has shown “progress” since that time.

“He (Wilson) has now told us that he sincerely apologizes for his actions in March 2019,” said Mr. Kenny.

“He takes full responsibility and now makes no apologies for his behavior.”

Wilson acknowledged the apology would be “stressful, painful and upsetting” for his victim, Kenny told the court.

The inside of the Darley house where Wilson held his online date hostage for four days.  Delivered
Camera iconThe inside of the Darley house where Wilson held his online date hostage for four days. Delivered Credit: Delivered

However, the prosecutor urged Judge Todd to give little weight to the apology when pronouncing her sentence.

The court was told in an earlier hearing that Wilson wanted to run a junkyard and was evicted at age 15.

He also had previous convictions, including assault and stomping on another woman’s head, the court was told.

The Darley man has been in custody for three years since his arrest and will be sentenced in July.

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