Rape victim wins $139K compensation
A County Count judge has ordered a convicted rapist to pay more than $139,000 compensation to his victim.
50-year-old William Craig Forde was sentenced to an indefinite term in jail last year.
The court was told he kidnapped a woman identified as “Jessica” in Ballarat in 2006.
He held her captive in her car for almost 30 hours and repeatedly raped her.
Judge Tom Wodak said he accepted “Jessica” suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of the attack.
Despite being ordered to pay compensation, Forde may not be able to pay the full amount.
His only asset is a rural block of land, that may have to be sold to pay his legal fees.
His prison term will be reviewed in 16 years.
Jessica’s lawyer Katalin Blond says now the compensation order has been made, steps have to be taken to enforce it.
“Jess is grateful in the acknowledgment of the court’s judgement but understands that there’s certainly a long road ahead in enforcing that judgement,” she said.
“I would imagine that that issue probably won’t be resolved for at least 12 months.”
Court gives life term to ‘depraved’ rapist
A man who repeatedly raped a woman from Ballarat, in central Victoria, will spend the rest of his life in jail.
The 29-year-old woman was kidnapped and raped at knife-point over a 30 hour period in February, in at attack Detective Paul Jolly of Ballarat police says is the worst he has seen in 24 years.
“This would have to be the nastiest incident I’ve dealt with,” he said.
William Craig Forde, 49, was today sentenced in the County Court in Ballarat to an indefinite jail term.
Judge Wodak said the offences were of a gravity rarely seen, and Forde showed little potential for reform.
The victim described Forde as an animal.
“As much as you can characterise somebody like this, then that’s the way to say it, depraved, deviant,” she said.
She says she will try to use her experience to help other rape victims.
Criminal history of William Craig Forde:
September 8, 1988 — raped a 31-year-old woman neighbour at knifepoint in her
Thornbury home. Forced her to drive him to a primary school where her children
were waiting, but she was able to escape and call police.
June 1, 1989 — convicted in the County Court of two counts of rape, indecent
assault, intentionally causing injury and car theft. Sentenced by Judge Cullity
to a maximum five years’ jail with a minimum of three years.
August 24, 1990 — released from jail after remissions of one- third off the
sentence for good behaviour, which were then applicable.
June 20, 1991 — aggravated rape at knifepoint of a woman who had come to his
outer suburban home to pick up some ironing. The 57- year-old woman was punched
in the face and had her wrists and ankles tied with twine during the attack,
which lasted more than 30 minutes. She escaped by locking herself in her car
after he ordered her to leave the house with him and said he was “taking her
for a ride”.
November 15, 1991 — convicted in the County Court of aggravated rape,
aggravated indecent assault, intentionally causing injury and false
imprisonment. Sentenced by Judge Stott to 10 years’ jail with a minimum of
November 26, 1996 — refused parole because of his unwillingness to participate
in a sex offenders’ treatment program in jail.
July 11, 1997 — again denied parole.
March 24, 1998 — released from jail on expiry of his maximum sentence (less
remission of one-third, which applied when he was sentenced in 1991 but was
abolished the following year).
September 28, 1998 — raped a 13-year-old girl, who was attacked when Forde
took her for a walk at Whittlesea after driving down a dirt track and leaving
his partner in the car. Forde was arrested six weeks later at a Queensland
September 30, 1999 — convicted of rape and sentenced in the County Court by
Judge Stott to a maximum of seven years’ jail with a minimum non-parole period
of five years, including 326 days already remanded in custody.
September 18, 2002 — told he would not be paroled when his minimum sentence
expired because he refused to do the sex offenders’ program.
November 19, 2003 — denied parole.
December 1, 2004 — again denied parole.
August 4, 2005 — refused parole again.
November 7, 2005 — released from jail on expiry of his maximum sentence.
February 6, 2006 — raped a young shop assistant in the back of a Ballarat shop
after tying her wrists and ankles behind her, gagging her and cutting off her
clothes with a knife. Forde then stole the 23-year-old mother’s car, bundled
her into it at knifepoint and drove her around central and northern Victoria
for the next 29 hours. She was raped repeatedly during her ordeal before being
driven back into Ballarat and let out of the car.
May 12, 2006 — appeared at Ballarat Magistrates’ Court for a preliminary
hearing and said he was guilty of 22 counts of rape and two charges of armed
robbery, one of abduction and one of false imprisonment.
Disobeying traffic control signal, unlicensed driving, exceeding .05,
assaulting police, resisting arrest, obtaining financial advantage by
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