The man who allegedly held a woman captive and threatened to kill her and her children in a remote rural area of WA has been sentenced to life imprisonment.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was kidnapped in February 2015 by the man from her rural farm in New South Wales, the South West Territories and the Northern Territory, court documents said.
The man allegedly held the woman captive for two months and threatened the family with violence if they told anyone.
“He kept saying to me he would do something if I didn’t do what he said,” the woman said.
“And he kept saying, ‘you will be in a lot of trouble if you don’t tell anyone, it will be a big problem, he’s going to kill you’.” Court documents said the woman’s husband was also present at the farm.
“At no point did [the man] have the right to use physical force against me,” the court documents stated.
“I did what I had to do.”
Judge Glenn Williams said he was “shocked” by the woman and the man’s behaviour and the seriousness of their crime.
“She’s been taken through a process of extreme trauma and I’ve been shocked to hear what happened,” he said.
Court documents stated the woman had been taken from her home by the farmer and his wife, but the woman was unable to tell her own husband.
Court was told the woman would eventually have to give birth to two children by her partner.
“There are two children who you will have to bear,” the man allegedly told the family, according to court documents.
The court heard the family was told they would be “put on a train” to New South, where they were supposed to spend a month.
Court heard the woman told the court she feared for her safety.
She said she had no idea where she was, how she was being held or how long she would be in captivity.
“They’ve told me I’ll be dead in a few weeks,” she said.
She described how she became separated from her children as she went through a “scary” ordeal.
“The first time I left [the farm] I was crying for my baby, and the second time I was screaming and I said, ‘Please, please don’t do that, please please don`t do that’.” She said the husband was the one who forced her to work in his shed.
She was forced to perform oral sex and was raped twice before she was rescued, court heard.
Court papers said the man later threatened to release the woman if she did not tell him everything he wanted.
The judge said he believed the man had been “a very dangerous and violent man” who was a danger to himself and others.
“This man is a dangerous, violent person,” he told the man, who was not identified.
The sentence is a life sentence with no chance of parole.
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