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Australia Melbourne man Tyler Skerry sentenced to 10 years' jail for raping dog walker in Thornbury park

05:20  05 august  2020
05:20  05 august  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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Tyler Skerry , 23, admitted raping a 32-year-old dog walker in a Melbourne park . Tradie Tyler Skerry , 23, on Wednesday faced Judge Rosemary Carlin via video link at the Victorian County Court, where he was sentenced to 10 years and one month in prison, with a non-parole period of six years.

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a sign over a grassy area with trees in the background: Tyler Skerry lured the victim into the park by telling her he had lost his wallet. (ABC News: Justine Longmore) © ABC News: Justine Longmore Tyler Skerry lured the victim into the park by telling her he had lost his wallet. (ABC News: Justine Longmore)

A man who raped a Melbourne woman at knifepoint, only to be stabbed in the buttocks with his own blade when she fought back, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for the attack.

Tyler Skerry, 23, will spend at least six years behind bars before he is eligible for parole, after pleading guilty in January to raping the woman in Thornbury, in the city's north, in October last year.

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Skerry, armed with a four-inch paring knife, lured the woman to Mayer Park by telling her he had lost his wallet and he needed to use her phone as a torch.

She had been walking her dog.

There, he raped her, but the attack was cut short by the victim, who turned the paring knife against her attacker, stabbing him in the buttocks.

In the moments before the victim got away, she told Skerry: "It's going to hurt when I f***ing stab you".

County Court Judge Rosemary Carlin today praised the woman's "courage and tenacity", but noted Skerry's attack only stopped when his victim fought back.

"Your actions on this night strike fear in the heart of women everywhere," Judge Carlin said.

"Women should be able to walk at night without fear of being randomly attacked by a stranger."

Skerry, a former fried chicken cook, has already served 289 days on remand and will be registered as a sex offender.

More to come.

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