Simon Monteiro aka Simon Lowe aka Bonito Monteiro

Posted: November 28, 2014 by Serendipity in NSW, Photo
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Lowe – Simon – aka Bonito Monteiro - Photo.

 

UPDATED:  DECEMBER 2016

Monteiro will spend at least another 11 months behind bars after he was refused parole. His parole will be reviewed in August 2017.

 

http://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/judgment-day-for-so-called-playboy-rapist-simon-monteiro/story-fnj3rq0y-1227137043707

Judgment day for so-called ‘playboy rapist’ Simon Monteiro

  • November 27, 20144:06PM

A VICTIM of the man dubbed the ‘playboy rapist’ is relieved for the safety of Sydney women after the convicted sex criminal has lost an appeal for freedom.

Simon Monteiro was jailed for up to 12 years after he bashed, raped and threatened an eastern suburbs woman over 12 months.

A self-proclaimed actor and model, Monteiro will now stay behind bars after his second attempt to appeal his sentence, using a complex legal loophole, was dismissed in the Supreme Court yesterday.

In a lengthy judgment, the court decided no lesser sentence was warranted, citing the seriousness of Monteiro’s offence, the fact that it occurred in a context of domestic violence, and his lack of contrition and remorse.

The court dismissed Monteiro’s appeal, deciding “no lesser sentence is warranted”, with one judge lamenting the “lenient” sentence period he is serving.

“A greater sentence may have been appropriate in this case, given the gravity of the appellant’s overall offending,” Justice Schmidt said handing down his judgment.

Monteiro, who was also known as Simon Lowe and Bonito Monteiro (a name he bragged to women was Portuguese for “beautiful hunter”), bashed and twice impregnated the 37-year-old woman in her Bellevue Hill apartment in 2007, his trial heard.

The woman initially thought she had met “the man of my dreams” before he became violent and possessive. The court heard Monteiro put his hand over the woman’s face while raping her, releasing his grip at times to allow her to breathe.

His sordid past was laid bare during the first appeal in 2011 when the Supreme Court heard details of his violence towards women.

Another ex-girlfriend, Kay Schubach, was waiting anxiously to hear the result of Monteiro’s appeal, telling news.com.au she reacted with “utter disbelief” when she found a court was considering a lesser sentence for her abuser.

“I felt very afraid for Eastern suburbs Sydney women in general, and I was afraid for myself because I’d been quite public in bringing awareness to him and to cases like this,” she said.

Ms Schubach was with Monteiro, then known as Simon Lowe, for two months in 2003 and claims he raped and assaulted her — but she never went to police and was too afraid to give evidence at his trial.

“It’s an incredible relief,” she said of the appeal decision.

“I’m just so glad that justice has prevailed because he is litigious and he lacks any contrition or remorse for what he’s done.”

“He left a trail of traumatised women in his path, and if he gets out he’s going to do it again.

“We live in fear and I never know when I’m going to get a knock on the door. I don’t know how revengeful he might be.”

The loophole exploited by Monteiro comes from a precedent set by a 2011 case in the High Court of Australia involving Dereck Muldrock, who pleaded guilty to sexual assault.

The case clarified the way judges apply standard non-parole prison jail terms as a reference point for crimes where the seriousness was classified as mid-range or higher.

But the High Court found judges were putting too much weight on standard non-parole periods and that they should rely on their own discretion.

Monteiro will continue to serve his sentence and will be eligible for parole in 2015.

“At least after this the world is a safer place for at least another few years,” Ms Schubach said.

 

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