An Avondale "low-life" who intimidated two students walking to school by yelling "rape" at them through his car window remains oblivious as to why his actions were wrong, a court has heard.
Scott Lawrence Willy was driving his Holden Commodore along Avondale Road just after 8am on a weekday in October when he spotted two high school students walking on the side of the roadway.
He slowed down as he approached them, before leaning out of the window and yelling "rape" several times in their direction.
He then did a U-turn, pulled up beside them and asked them "what would your parents do if I drugged, raped and killed youse?"
The boy and girl ran to a nearby house and phoned their parents, who picked them up and took them to Dapto Police Station to report the matter.
When arrested, Willy claimed not to have used those words and that the incident had been a misunderstanding.
"It was like I was at university conducting an interview - I was asking their opinion on something," he said.
"It [the question] was like 'guys are raping girls and it's wrong', and I'm saying basically 'do you think an adequate punishment for a guy that rapes a girl would be that he should be made feel like he's being raped, so he can be compassionate towards them'? It was dumb."
Willy was charged with two counts of intimidation to which he pleaded guilty.
During a sentencing hearing in Wollongong Local Court on Wednesday, Magistrate Roger Clisdell noted a background report prepared by Community Corrections said Willy had "little to no insight into his offending behaviour".
"He initially said 'how could they [the victims] be affected, I wasn't trying to hurt them'," he said.
"The lack of insight into how he has behaved is astonishing."
He labelled Willy a "low-life" and said it's obvious the victims would have been terrified.
"Walking to school for these kids is probably a memory now," he said.
The court heard Willy had a history of drug abuse and had used ice less than 24 hours before the incident.
Willy was sentenced to 17 months' jail with a non-parole period of 10 months.
With time served, he will be released on parole in August next year.
The mother of one of the victims was in court to hear the sentence.