A FATHER of two who was naked when he attacked a beach walker from behind on Christmas Eve and was later caught through DNA evidence has been sentenced to three years in a West Australian prison.
Djron Michael Hansen, 28, pleaded guilty to sexual penetration without consent committed against a 46-year-old woman walking along a bush track at Mullaloo beach about 5am on December 24 last year.
Hansen placed material over the woman’s face, pulled her to the ground and began sexually assaulting her but she screamed and bit him on the hand, prompting him to run away, the WA District Court heard on Tuesday.
Judge Kevin Sleight described it as a “very aggressive” attack on a defenceless woman in an isolated area, which had caused long-lasting scars.
“This terrifying attack on the victim would have completely ruined her Christmas and no doubt, ruined the Christmas of her family,” he said.
The court heard the woman had since suffered anxiety, depression and personality changes.
“I don’t sleep, and if I do manage to get some sleep, I wake up with the image of a t-shirt being stuffed into my mouth,” she said in her victim impact statement.
“I wake in fear until I can talk myself into calming down and I tell myself it was something that happened on Christmas Eve, not now. But it all seems so real.”
Judge Sleight noted Hansen had no criminal record or history of substance abuse or sexual deviancy.
“Why you have committed this offence is very puzzling,” he said.
The court heard Hansen’s relationship had been strained at the time but the couple had since reconciled.
Judge Sleight acknowledged that during an interview with a psychologist Hansen became teary and indicated he was disgusted with himself.
“You were also distressed when you considered the likely impact on the victim,” he said.
In his letter to the court, Hansen apologised to the woman.
“I wish to let my victim know that I am truly sorry for what I’ve done and I hope that one day she may forgive me for my thoughtless act,” he said.
“I will spend the rest of my life being a better person and I will show more respect for women.”
Hansen must serve at least 18 months behind bars before he can be eligible for parole.