A MAN who broke into a Perth house and repeatedly sexually assaulted a young girl, hitting her each time she resisted and tried to call out to her mother, has been jailed for more than a decade.
Mark Jeffrey Hodder, 48, committed the crimes some time in 1996 when the child was aged six or seven.
The District Court of WA heard on Friday that Hodder got inside the property one night while she was asleep and picked up a tea towel, which he used to cover her eyes.
After sexually penetrating her once, he picked her up and brought her outside to the backyard, where he did it two more times.
He then brought her back to her bedroom and said he’d kill one of her family members if she told anyone about what he’d done.
“The depravity of the acts is shocking,” the prosecutor said, telling the court the victim was still haunted by the offences more than 20 years later.
“It affects her ability to form relationships, to trust, to sleep, her sense of self security and leaves her concerned about the prospect of having her own children,” he said.
Judge Patrick O’Neal agreed Hodder’s crimes were highly depraved and sentenced him to 10 years and two months behind bars.
He must serve eight years and two months before he will be eligible for parole.
Since mandatory sentencing laws were passed in WA in 2015, people who commit a rape during a burglary are jailed for a minimum of 15 years.