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Hamilton rapist Dean Thomas Mulholland jailed for a maximum four-and-a-half years

by admin on 17/12/2018

CCTV stills of Dean Thomas Mulholland entering the laneway off Cleary Street at Hamilton. DESPERATE to go to the toilet, a“vulnerable and innocent” 19-year-old woman wanders into a laneway off ClearyStreet at Hamilton to relieve herself.
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She doesn’tknow it, but a predator is watching.

As the woman paces down the lane, hazard lights on a utebehind her flash and then flash again.

The predator, Dean Thomas Mulholland, 46, of Wallsend,appears next to the vehicle, glances around to see if anyone is watching and then slowlyfollows her down the lane.

CCTV stills of Dean Thomas Mulholland entering the laneway off Cleary Street at Hamilton.

It is 3.20am on November 19, 2017,and the young woman, who had been denied entry to a nearby hotel to use their bathroom because of the hour, is wearing a“bodysuit”, which means she essentially has to strip naked in order to relieve herself.

When she finishes, Mulholland moves in behind her, taking her by surprise, and grabs her.

At this point the woman freezes –which Judge Roy Ellis said was understandable – and Mulhollandrapes her; digitally penetrating her as she tries desperately to push his hand away.

The woman cries out for him to stop, but Mulholland continues.Eventually, he relents and leaves.The predator is arrested later that day and is taken to Cessnock Correctional Centre, where he becomes the prey.

CCTV stills of Dean Thomas Mulholland entering the laneway off Cleary Street at Hamilton.

On Thursday, after watching CCTVfootage of the events immediately prior to the“predatory”and random attack, Judge Ellis jailed Mulholland for a maximum of four-and-a-half years, with a non-parole period of two-and-a-half years.

“You see her on the video and she is a 19-year-old girl,” Judge Ellis said.“She is just an innocent, young girl.Yes it wasn’t the wisest thing for her to do, walk down that laneway.

But that’s what innocent young people do because they don’t necessarily believe there is going to be some predator there who is going to take advantage of them.”

CCTV stills of Dean Thomas Mulholland entering the laneway off Cleary Street at Hamilton.

Judge Ellis said it was a difficult task to weigh up the need to reflect general deterrence, punishment and the protection of the community againstMulholland’s prior unblemished record, underlying mental health issues and remorse.

“The community must be protected so that young people such as this young victim are not preyed upon by other members of our community,” he said.

DPP solicitor Kylie Henry said that,crucially, Mulholland hadshown a“complete lack of insight” into his offending when being interviewed by a psychologist.

To that, defence barrister John Fitzgerald quoted Mulholland as saying he had recounted what happened“in a way I can live with”.

Mr Fitzgerald said Mulholland’s life was“spiraling out of control” and he had been using drugs in the lead-up to what he saidwas an“opportunistic” act and a“spontaneous decision” to follow the woman down the laneway.

Less than 24 hours after he was first refused bail, Mulholland was“seriously and significantly” bashed by a group of inmates who made clear to him why they were assaulting him.

He has since been moved into protective custody.

The young woman did not read her victim impact statement in court on Thursday, but Judge Ellis referenced portionsof it.

“The victim has said that she will not let this matter define her,” Judge Ellis said.“She will take her power back.I would encourage her to continue with that positive attitude.”

Mulholland, who pleaded guilty tosexual intercourse without consent,will be eligible for parole in May2020.

Dean Thomas Mulholland.

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