Paroled rapist jailed for stalking his victim

A CONVICTED rapist who terrorised his victim only a few days after being released on parole has been sent back to jail.

Ipswich District Court heard Randall Thomas McVoght, 37, was sentenced to seven years jail for the knife-point rape and assault of a 35-year-old woman in September, 2010.

He was released on parole in April, 2012, but despite a direct order not to have contact with the victim, he broke into her Bundamba home seven days later, going through the woman's address book in order to obtain her mobile phone number.

Crown Prosecutor Caroline Marco said McVoght then sent the woman - a former partner - numerous text messages seeking to rekindle their relationship.

The woman resisted for a while but eventually succumbed and agreed to meet with McVoght.

Ms Marco said the victim felt as though she had no choice but to give in to her attacker.

"She felt that he had a hold over her," Ms Marco said.

Despite meeting with McVoght, the woman still refused to restart the relationship.

The court heard police attended her house on April 24 to forcibly remove him.

The next day, McVoght returned, removing a fuse from the meter box and stealing a bicycle.

Ms Marco said the parolee later threw a steel shackle through the victim's window.

"She hid inside the house and called the police," Ms Marco told the court.

McVoght returned the next day and ransacked the house, destroying furniture, photographs and even the victim's son's school report cards.

Police returned McVoght to jail on April 28 last year and he has remained there since.

Defence barrister Geoff Seaholme said his client was locked into a cycle of drugs and reoffending and that there was no question that he should go back to jail.

The only question was, for how long.

Mr Seaholme asked for a shorter head sentence.

"His chances of getting parole now - given that these are serious offences against the same victim - he would be very fortunate to get parole," Mr Seaholme said.

Judge Sarah Bradley sentenced McVoght to two years jail for the most serious of the charges - stalking and threatening violence.

The sentence will be served on top of the existing sentence for rape.

McVoght will be eligible for parole from January 31 next year.



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