Bellambi rapist gets 12yrs for sadistic attack

A Bellambi man who sadistically raped a young mother, burning her with a lighter while "shrieking like a hyena" before biting her shoulder and nose, has been jailed for 12 years.

Lancelot Hampton Edwards was found guilty of violently attacking the woman in her home, binding her legs with a pair of her underwear before raping her.

Jailing the 48-year-old for a minimum eight years on Friday, Judge Paul Conlon described the man's behaviour, particularly the use of the lighter, as "cruel and despicable".

"This woman was entitled to feel safe and protected in her own home," he said.

"She was in a most vulnerable position - she was subjected to humiliating and degrading treatment, including tying her up in her own underwear."

The woman was watching TV with her young daughter on June 7 last year when Edwards turned up at her home, unannounced.

The victim said Edwards was acting bizarrely: "He was moving things around the house and tying things up with bits of string."

She went to bed, in the hope he would leave, but woke to find Edwards cutting off her leggings.

He used her underwear and a belt to bind her legs, then grabbed a cigarette lighter and burned her chest, stomach and knee. He then loosened her restraints and raped her. Edwards eventually left the house, wearing a pair of the victim's pants.

Sentencing Edwards in Wollongong District Court, Judge Conlon accepted the offence was spontaneous but said it was serious, noting the emotional harm suffered by the victim.

The court heard that Edwards had an extensive criminal history, and drug and alcohol issues, and had become "institutionalised" after spending years in custody.

Judge Conlon said he had little confidence in Edwards's prospects of rehabilitation.

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