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Armed teen jailed for rape

A TEENAGER who raped a 17-year-old woman while armed with a knife has been jailed for six-and-a-half years.

The court heard 18-year-old Jahdell Plummer-Dean was 17 when he entered a South Bundaberg house on September 21 last year and attacked the woman.

Plummer-Dean pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual assault, one count of rape and one count of burglary.

Crown prosecutor Clayton Wallis said the defendant had entered the house and subjected the victim to a degrading sexual act.

He said the crown accepted the Plummer-Dean did not pre-plan the attack as he made no attempt to conceal his identity.

Defence barrister James Godbolt said his client had a difficult upbringing and had been diagnosed with ADHD.

He said his client was intoxicated at the time and had a limited memory of the incident.

In sentencing Plummer-Dean, Judge Michael Smith said at the time of the offence the complainant was a full-time high school student who didn't know the defendant.

"Sometime after 6am she awoke to find you standing in the room staring at her," he said.

Referring to the schedule of facts Judge Smith said when the victim tried to get up, the defendant shoved her down and held a knife to her throat.

"You were armed with two knifes, one with a red handle...and another with a blue handle," he said.

"You said 'Do everything I say or I'll hurt you'."

Judge Smith said Plummer-Dean then got under the covers next to the victim and sexually assaulted and raped the victim before taking her phone, throwing it out the window and fleeing the scene.

Judge Smith took into consideration Plummer-Dean's young age, minimal criminal history, early plea and that he did not use the knives to physically harm the victim, when handing down the sentence.

After already serving 156 days in pre-sentence custody Plummer-Dean will be eligible for parole on March 18, 2017.



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