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Disturbed predator who yanked women off the trail before brutally raping them gets 12 years in prison

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Disturbed predator who plucked women off hiking trails before brutally raping them gets 12 years in prison

  • Victorian man jailed for 12 years after robbing and raping two women in 2012
  • Justin Mathieson attacked women while walking along the Bay Train in Melbourne
  • Pleads guilty on Thursday to four counts of rape and indecent assault
  • Two victims expressed their horror, one said she doesn’t feel safe being alone
  • Mathieson previously convicted of touching teenage girls on bus and ice rink










A Victorian man who raped two women after assaulting them while they were out for a walk has been jailed for more than a decade.

Justin Mathieson attacked the women, then aged 32 and 47, as they walked along the Bay Trail in southeastern Melbourne in February and October 2012.

Mathieson, 32, faced Victorian County Court on Thursday, where he received a total of 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to four counts of rape and indecent assault.

“It is not an understatement to describe your actions as every woman’s worst nightmare,” Judge Amanda Chambers said.

Justin Mathieson (pictured) has been jailed for more than 10 years for ambushing and raping two women in 2012

“You hunted two women, seven months apart, for your own sexual gratification. They had a right to safety.

“Your grave offense was a terrifying ordeal for the victims that had a profound and lasting impact on their lives.”

Mathieson told the 32-year-old woman he assaulted in October 2012 that he was “really horny” and “just wanted sex.”

He also threatened to stab her with scissors if she screamed.

The woman managed to fend him off and ran for about 40 yards, but he chased her and held on.

Matheison stood before Victorian County Court (pictured) on Thursday and was charged with four counts of rape and indecent assault after pleading guilty

Matheison stood before Victorian County Court (pictured) on Thursday and was charged with four counts of rape and indecent assault after pleading guilty

She described in court the devastating impact of the attack, which left her with depression, anxiety, fatigue and social isolation.

“I still don’t feel safe anywhere alone,” the woman said in a statement.

“I have been known to waste time moving furniture against my doors so that I would hear intruders and hopefully stop.

“I feel like I wasted the best years of my life at home alone doing nothing.”

She also described how her dream of becoming a mother faded as she hadn’t felt comfortable entering into a relationship with a partner since the attack.

“It is highly unlikely that I will become a mother and have a family chapter of life,” she said.

“This is devastating for a woman to accept.”

The other woman, then 47, recalled seeing Mathieson on a long walk with a friend.

“There was something disturbing and creepy about it,” she said.

After her boyfriend left a few hours later, she got a “sinking feeling” when she saw him again at night by the Elwood Canal.

Mathieson (pictured) was previously convicted of touching teenage girls on a bus and ice rink and has a history of mental illness

Mathieson (pictured) was previously convicted of touching teenage girls on a bus and ice rink and has a history of mental illness

She heard footsteps as Mathieson ran after her and charged.

“Then the nightmare started,” she said.

“The sound of running feet … still makes my heart pound and fills me with fear.”

Mathieson was arrested last year after investigators linked DNA samples to him

Mathieson was previously convicted of touching teenage girls on a bus and at an ice rink, the court heard.

The 32-year-old also has a history of mental health problems, developing schizophrenia about four years after the two Elwood rapes.

He must serve at least seven years and six months in prison before being eligible for parole and will be a registered sex offender for life.

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