A virgin medical student who was lured into an alleyway and savagely raped by two young men has said of her ordeal: ‘There was pain, searing to the core.’
Ryan George and Jack Winship targeted the 20-year-old in a dark Brisbane street in 2011.
Their trial heard they raped and sexually assaulted her between bins and air-conditioning units for at least eight minutes.
Ryan George and Jack Winship (pictured) targeted the 20-year-old in a dark Brisbane street in 2011
This CCTV image shows the two rapists on the night of their attack. George was 26 and Winship was 19
This image shows the rapists being taken into custody. At their sentencing today, a court heard the woman’s harrowing victim impact statement
At their sentencing today, a court heard the woman’s victim impact statement.
She said the attack left her nauseated and suffering flashbacks.
‘I cannot sleep and when I do I wake up minutes or hours later,’ she wrote.
‘I sincerely hope I’m through the worst but history can’t be erased.’
The woman, who cannot be identified, suffered blood loss from genital injuries.
The men had argued that all interactions with the university student were consensual.
But a Brisbane District Court jury disagreed on Tuesday evening and found them guilty after a week-long trial.
Judge Gregory Lynham sentenced the men to a maximum eight years and six months in jail.
‘Your offending can only be described as abhorrent and despicable,’ he said on Wednesday.
The father of Jack Scott Turner (left) leaves the Supreme Court in Brisbane, Wednesday, May 23, 2018
At the opening of their trial, the jury were shown crime scene pictures of alley walls that were smeared with blood, which was later confirmed to belong to the victim.
Crown prosecutor Dzenita Balic said she was a virgin before the attacks and cried in pain while being assaulted.
There was never any question Winship and George were in the alley with the woman or that Winship had sexually interacted with her.
When he gave evidence, he claimed the woman was consenting and had been passionately kissing him and George moments after they crossed paths.
The parents of Ryan David George leave the Supreme Court in Brisbane, Wednesday, May 23, 2018
‘She was enjoying herself,’ Winship told the court.
He denied his victim appeared drunk and had also bragged about the rape to friends at a pub.
After she was raped, she left the alley and approached Michael Hayward.
He recalled the woman coming to him ‘out of it’, with blood on her lower thighs and hands, and telling him, ‘These guys are trying to hurt me.’
Mr Hayward ran to catch the pair and one of them bragged about a sexual encounter.
He told the jury he was surprised by how ‘jovial and cavalier’ they were.
They will be eligible for parole in July 2022.
The woman, who cannot be identified, was targeted by the men who noticed she was drunk and staggering towards a bus stop. Pictured: Jack Winship