An evil bank worker who raped and tortured a woman daily and set her on fire led police on a dramatic pursuit through the streets of Brisbane, ramming cop cars, stealing two vehicles and breaking into a house before he finally surrendered.
Helicopter vision shows the Grand Theft Auto-style police pursuit that Nicholas John Crilley, 34, led investigators on, eight days after leaving a 21-year-old woman for dead at his suburban townhouse in July 2017.
The former Commonwealth Bank employee is facing a life sentence behind bars for 23 days of ‘sadistic’ abuse against the young woman.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was left in such a state paramedics thought she was dead and has been left permanently disfigured by the torture.
Chopper vision shows the moment Crilley dragged an elderly woman out of the driver’s seat and stole her car during the dramatic escape
Sadistic: Nicholas John Crilley, 34, raped, tortured and set the 21-year-old woman on fire at his townhouse in Bulimba, Brisbane over 23 days from June to July 2, 2017
Chopper night vision camera shows Crilley desperately trying to get away with his crimes as police close in on July 10, 2017.
He rammed two police cars about 5pm, before running on foot to a passerby’s car, forcing an elderly woman out of the driver’s seat and speeding off.
Crilley – whose defence lawyer has told a court he was in a methylamphetamine-induced delusional spiral during his assaults – managed to drive to a neighbouring suburb.
But he was brought to a grinding halt by peak hour traffic.He then stole another car, crashed into a gate and broke into a nearby house.
Footage shows him composing himself on a balcony before kneeling on a nearby road and surrendering.
His defence lawyer said he was wounded in the melee with police that followed.
His victim, who cannot be named, gave a chilling victim impact statement to Crilley’s sentencing hearing at the Brisbane District Court on Tuesday.
She told the court she fears she will never have a friend, a lover or a job again due to her mental and physical scars.
She reportedly spoke of the unimaginable horror she endured, and said strangers now look at her like she is a ‘monster’ due to her disfigurement.
The woman was placed in an induced coma and spent eight weeks at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital recovering.
She said it took her seven weeks to work up the courage to look at her face in the mirror, fearing what she would see.
‘When I finally did, I was so distraught. I didn’t look like myself at all. I was unrecognisable,’ she told the court, according to The Courier Mail.
The victim, who was 21 at the time, was found barely alive in Nicholas John Crilley’s house (pictured) on July 2, 2017. She was so badly injured police who found her thought she had been involved in an explosion
She said ‘part of my dream as a little girl was finding someone to love and marry,’ but Crilley had ‘taken away’ that dream.
Her muscles wasted away so much she had to learn to walk again, and her little finger was amputated.
The woman, who is now 24, also went through weeks of agonising treatment for burns on nearly half of her body.
‘The injuries I have sustained are horrific, very visible and irreversible and have, and will forever, affect me,’ she told the court, Nine News reported.
‘My face will never look the same… I will always have a physical reminder every time I look in the mirror.
‘It makes me feel numb that no one will ever want to be my friend, lover or employ me again.’
The woman’s teeth are broken from endless beatings at the hands of Crilley.
She now has to wear a wig after losing chunks of her hair due to a badly burned scalp.
The bridge of her nose had to be removed because it was shattered into pieces, and her vision has been reduced due to burning liquids being poured in her eyes.
Surgery may be required to put a metal plate in her head to stop her eyes sinking further back.
She has large ‘divots’ in her skull where skin tissue turned black and died, later becoming infested with maggots.
The woman also finds it difficult to exercise and even shower as her body struggles to regulate temperature.
But she said the worst wounds are those to her psyche.
She described herself as having a ‘very smiley and bubbly personality’ before the ordeal, but Crilley’s abuse has left her weak and vulnerable.
Crilley pleaded guilty to 54 offences, including grievous bodily harm, deprivation of liberty and torture.
Crilley repeatedly called her a ‘s**t’ and forced her to confess to sleeping with other men while he was in jail
Prosecutor Sandra Cupina reportedly told the court Crilley raped the woman daily, set her on fire and poured burning water on her genitals.
He used a cigarette lighter, acetone and boiling water to burn her body.
The victim was also forced to eat her own vomit and faeces, and made to sleep on the floor or outside.
Crilley also made the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, choose how she wanted to die – being shot or in a car crash.
‘I’ve pummelled her so hard… she cant talk anymore,’ Crilley bragged to a friend.
The 34-year-old then ‘hid’ her for five days at the nearby Tower Mill Metro Hotel.
The beatings became so severe the woman’s upper lip detached from her face.
‘He increased and escalated the methods he was using to harm her, boiling water then acetone then setting her on fire,’ Ms Cupina said.
She suffered multiple broken bones, deep lacerations to her face, including the ‘degloving of the skin’, and burns to 46 per cent of her body.
‘The tissue on part of her face was so severely infected it was also infested with maggots,’ Ms Cupina said.
‘If she had not been treated in hospital she would have died.’
Three weeks in to the humiliating torture, Crilley eventually called triple-zero before fleeing the Brisbane home where most of the offending occurred.
His victim was found barely alive in his house on July 2, 2017, so badly injured police who found her thought she had been involved in an explosion.
Police thought she was dead until she groaned.
Nicholas John Crilley forced the woman to eat her own vomit and faeces, and made her sleep on the floor or outside
Crilley was taken into custody eight days later following a dramatic police chase involving several stolen cars.
Defence lawyer Malcolm Harrison said Crilley was in a methylamphetamine-induced delusional state during the prolonged assault.
He said Crilley believed the woman had been part of a drive-by shooting that targeted him, but it was not based on reality.
‘This is a dreadful and extremely serious example of violence against a woman,’ he said.
‘The offences were sadistic in nature.’
However, Mr Harrison reminded the court Crilley had called triple-zero.
‘That is probably the one factor in his favour,’ he said.
Crilley will be sentenced on May 1. The Crown has asked that he be jailed for life.