Anthony Peter Sampieri will spend at least the next three years behind bars for a chilling sexual attack on a 60-year-old woman who was falsely lured to his Fairy Meadow home.
Sampieri, 49, was yesterday sentenced in Wollongong District Court to a non-parole period of four years, with an additional term of three years, on a charge of aggravated sexual assault.
Judge Paul Conlon backdated the sentence to when Sampieri was taken into custody on October 22, 2012, the day the offences took place.
Sampieri appeared in court yesterday via video link from prison.
Judge Conlon said the victim had been subjected to a "terrifying and degrading experience".
The court heard that Sampieri was high on prescription drugs and alcohol when he invited the woman to his Elliotts Road home on the pretence of selling two second-hand tables.
After showing her the first table, he gestured for her to go into his bedroom to view the other furniture.
When she turned to leave the room Sampieri said: "Now we're going to have some fun", and he produced a 25-centimetre knife.
He ordered her to remove her clothes, then pushed her onto the bed and sexually assaulted her multiple times.
The woman managed to escape by running to the front door and making a few steps to a neighbouring unit. Sampieri followed her out and tried to drag her back inside.
She grabbed onto the security grill and screamed, causing Sampieri to release her. She then ran to the street and called for help.
The woman, wrapped in a towel and with blood trickling from her nose, was helped by neighbours.
The court heard that crime scene officers went to Sampieri’s home and found duct tape and a role of wire on his bed and cable ties and a length of nylon rope under his pillow.
Pornographic DVDs and magazines were found, as well as newspaper clippings featuring pictures of women and phone numbers.
The court heard that Sampieri had struggled with drug, alcohol and mental health issues over a lengthy period.
He had been in drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs before.
Judge Conlon said Sampieri had shown remorse for his actions.
Sampieri was also sentenced to 18 months’ jail for one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two years for two counts of indecent assault.
The judge ordered that all jail sentences be served concurrently, making Sampieri eligible for parole on October 21, 2016.