A youth has been jailed for four years for raping a 22-year-old woman last year when he was 15.
Cairns Judge Brian Harrison said the attack in November last year would have been “terrifying”.
“It was done without protection, done to a complete stranger in circumstances where you treated her with complete and utter disrespect,” Judge Harrison said.
The Cairns teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had approached the 22-year-old woman as she was walking along Mulgrave Rd in the early hours of November 1 attempting to flag down a taxi.
The Children’s Court of Queensland was told the victim was “a slight young woman”, who had been affected by alcohol.
The teen made sexual suggestions, which she declined.
“But you managed to manoeuvre her over behind some cover near a restaurant and … you raped her,” Judge Harrison said.
“You took cruel advantage of a very vulnerable woman, who was doing nothing more than trying to get home.
“Young women are entitled to go out, they’re entitled to have a drink and they should never in those circumstances be taken advantage of by people like you.”
Judge Harrison said CCTV footage, played in court, clearly showed that victim was affected by alcohol and not interested in the teen’s advances.
Now 16, the teenager pleaded guilty to 10 charges, including rape, deprivation of liberty and sexual assault. He has already spent 371 days at Cleveland Youth Detention Centre.
Judge Harrison said a Griffith Youth Forensic Service report showed disturbing aspects, including the teen’s apparent sense of entitlement when it came to sex.
He accepted that the teen has had little, to no education when it came to matters of a sexual nature and that he wasn’t violent with the victim.
The report labelled the teen’s risk of sexual reoffending as “a probable moderate to high risk”.
Defence barrister Michael Dalton argued that continued rehabilitation needed to be an important aspect of the penalty.
Convictions were recorded for the rape, sexual assault and deprivation of liberty charges.