Cooks Hill rapist loses court appeal

Posted Fri 25 Jul 2014, 3:11pm AEST

A rapist described by a judge as brutal and callous has lost his appeal to reduce his lengthy jail sentence for a violent sex attack in Newcastle.

The court heard 32-year-old Daniel Paul Keeley had consumed 22 beers and smoked cannabis before raping the 23 year woman at knifepoint in Cooks Hill in July 2011.

He followed her, before grabbing her and holding a knife to her throat.

Keeley then forced her into an alleyway where he cut off her clothes and repeatedly raped her.

He was arrested at the airport after returning from Bail.

In September 2012 he was sentenced to 15 years jail with 12 years non parole.

At the time Newcastle District Court Judge Laura Wells described the ordeal as brutal and callous.

Keeley appealed, arguing the sentence was too harsh.

The Court of Criminal Appeal disagreed.

It has dismissed his legal challenge, meaning he will be in jail until August 2023.


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  1. Bert Kokshoorn says:

    Hoorayyyyyy to Judge Laura Wells and a triple hoooorrrrrayyyyy to the appeals court, now if we could spread that attitude right through the court system we might slowly start to get justice done, and for that lowlife to appeal I’d say your bloody lucky I wasn’t on the bench as I would have set the sentence higher, in the line of “Ok buddy you want to appeal against a very good judge, now you serve the full 15 years” and none of this garbage of early release for good behaviour, simple answer to that is, if you don’t behave while in jail you stay longer.

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