Gary John Collingwood
A rapist jailed this year for more than 13 years for "horrific" repeat crimes committed six months after his release from prison may now die behind bars.
Gary John Collingwood, 47, was jailed in Western Australia in 2001 for multiple sex, violence and threat offences against a woman, and last year was put on a 12-year supervision order by a Victorian judge.
Under the order made that July, Collingwood was subjected to 20 conditions that included not reoffending, being subject to a curfew and not drinking alcohol.
But in his Kangaroo Flat unit on January 12 this year he raped a woman at knife point, in "frightening and aggressive" circumstances, who he had met through a dating website, while wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet as part of his order.
In the County Court on Thursday, Collingwood pleaded guilty to four charges of breaching the supervision order, before Judge Meryl Sexton, who had originally imposed it.
Crown prosecutor Peter Rose, SC, revealed that in a legal first, one of the charges has been subject to a "direct indictment", which meant that instead of Collingwood facing a maximum term of two years, it attracted a maximum of five years jail.
Until now, all breaches of such orders have been heard summarily before a judge, with the consent of the secretary of the Department of Justice, with the two-year maximum term.
In his opening, Mr Rose said Collingwood had breached the order by committing a relevant offence in Victoria - the charges of rape, false imprisonment and threat to kill last January - and by consuming alcohol and disobeying a curfew the previous November and December.
Mr Rose told Judge Sexton that Collingwood was a registered sex offender for life with an extensive history of sexual and violent offending that includes multiple convictions for rape.
He described Collingwood's most recent offending as "among the worst" and of a "fairly horrific type", with the protection of the community "paramount".
"The community will need to be protected from this man for a long time to come," he submitted.
Defence lawyer Katherine Napier conceded that community protection was paramount, but told Judge Sexton the central issue was the ultimate length of the sentence.
Ms Napier said Collingwood was a "man full of deep shame and regret" who "does not want to continue to hurt people" but was "struggling to understand why he has continued to offend in this manner".
She referred to his "horrific childhood", which a psychologist reported on in evidence at Collingwood's plea hearing for the offences in January, and who had diagnosed a borderline personality disorder.
Ms Napier also noted her client's early guilty pleas, and that his remorse was evidenced by an overdose of pills he took at the crime scene before he repeated "oh, f---, what have I done?"
Ms Napier said it was "not difficult to contend" that her client "may never be paroled".
Judge Sexton will sentence Collingwood on December 13.