Ronald Daniel Pelly

Posted: September 8, 2014 by Serendipity in South Australia
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Man who strangled, raped Adelaide escort jailed for eight years

By Loukas Founten

Fri 29 Aug 2014, 4:41pm

A man who strangled and raped an escort in an Adelaide hotel room has been jailed for eight years.

Ronald Daniel Pelly, 31, was found guilty of rape and assault causing harm.

Pelly, an oil and gas rigger, was in Adelaide on leave from his job in Papua New Guinea when he booked an escort to meet him at a hotel in Hindley Street in April last year, the District Court heard.

The pair engaged in consensual sexual activity before Pelly requested a particular act and the woman refused.

Judge Sydney Tilmouth said Pelly strangled the woman “to the point of unconsciousness” then dragged her to a sofa and raped her.

“She, as much as anyone else, is entitled to equal protection before the law,” Judge Tilmouth said.

“You had a bent for unconstrained sex that night, both before and during these events.

“You used overbearing force in degrading and humiliating circumstances.

“You denied the offences on oath, blaming matters on a disagreement about how much would be charged.

“There was no sign of contrition or remorse, still less regret for the events of this evening.”

Judge Tilmouth said Pelly had been working in the oil drilling industry for seven-and-a-half years and had worked his way up to a “responsible and prized” position.

Pelly’s eight-year sentence and five-year non-parole period were backdated to start on the day of the incident, when he was arrested and taken into custody.


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