Rapist should have known better after childhood abuse
IF ANYONE should have understood the trauma of rape as a child it should have been Shannon Robert Dunrobin.
Instead, the victim became the perpetrator - again, and again, and again.
Judge Leanne Clare told the 35-year-old Bundaberg man in the Brisbane District Court on Wednesday that he should have known "better than anyone" the toxic nature of child abuse.
Dunrobin, who went under the surname Barrett during the trial, was being re-sentenced after a jury again found him guilty of raping a 17-year-old boy when he was 29.
He had a second trial after going through an appeal process.
Two days after meeting Dunrobin in 2008, the teenager woke to find him forcing his head into his pillow and pinning his arms under his body as he sexually assaulted him.
Crown prosecutor Sam Bain said the victim was a small, shy young man who did not have the protection of his family and had previously been homeless.
The pair developed a sexual relationship, which the teen testified was punctuated with Barrett's threats and intimidating behaviour during the August trial.
The jury acquitted Dunrobin, who once worked as a tyre fitter in Rockhampton, of the three rape charges and one assault that the teen said occurred during their relationship.
Defence barrister Peter Callaghan said his client had been sexually assaulted as early as six years old.
The court heard Dunrobin's rape at the hands of his cousins and then his foster carers kick-started a vicious cycle during which Dunrobin sodomised boys as young as eight once he reached adulthood.
Judge Clare said Dunrobin posed an unacceptable risk to the vulnerable members of society.
His original conviction of 14 years was overturned and he was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years.
Having already served four years, Dunrobin was immediately eligible to apply for parole.
- APN NEWSDESK