Brutal Rapist Robert Wilson’s Scary Threat During Days Rape Ordeal

WARNING: graphic content

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

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

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

He pleaded guilty in Victoria County Courthouse to three counts of rape, which cover all sexual offenses, false imprisonment, intentionally causing injury and theft after stealing $3,130 from his victim.

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

Wilson told the victim that she could not leave her property and forced her into degrading sexual acts, punched her, hit her with a metal bar and threatened her with a harpoon.

“Do you want to die?” he asked

At one point, he also stepped on the woman, and when she was questioned at a hearing before her guilty plea, District Attorney Ruth Champion told the court that she was “particularly distressed.”

He showed an “open display of his objectification and subjugation of her as a sex object” during one of the rapes, the court said.

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

Photo released by the court of the harpoon that Wilson held to his victim's head and threatened to kill her.  Provided
camera iconPhoto released by the court of the harpoon that Wilson held to his victim’s head and threatened to kill her. Provided Credit: Provided

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

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

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

“He (Wilson) has now told us that he expresses his sincerest apologies for his actions in March 2019,” Kenny said.

“He takes full responsibility and now makes no excuses for his conduct.”

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

The interior of Darley's house, where Wilson held their online date hostage for four days.  Provided
camera iconThe interior of Darley’s house, where Wilson held their online date hostage for four days. Provided Credit: Provided

However, the prosecutor urged Judge Todd to put little weight on the apology when delivering his sentence.

The court was told at an earlier hearing that Wilson wanted to run a demolition yard and was kicked out of his home at age 15.

He also had previous convictions, including assault and stepping on another woman’s head, the court said.

Darley’s man has spent three years in custody since his arrest and will be sentenced in July.

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