A drug-fuelled mechanic who refused to accept his relationship with an ex-girlfriend was over bashed and repeatedly raped her during a ‘nightmare’ kidnapping.
But Mathew Raku Raku will likely walk free from a Victorian jail in a little over five years.
The 26-year old ‘monster’ had kidnapped his ex-girlfriend with a screwdriver after luring her out of her home.
Mathew Raku Raku, 26, kidnapped a woman and threatened to kill her during a terrifying ride into country Victoria where he repeatedly raped her
Judge Paul Higham is one of the County Court of Victoria’s most experienced judges in dealing with sex offenders
He was sentenced in the County Court of Victoria on Friday by Judge Paul Higham, who expressed sympathy in jailing the violent sex offender to a minimum jail period of just six years.
Raku Raku, from Rosebud – 75kms south of Melbourne – has already spent close to a year behind bars on remand while he contemplated running a trial over the rape allegations.
In the end, he pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and one each of kidnapping, making threats to kill and injure, theft and other related offences.
‘Mr Raku Raku, let me say this to you directly,’ Judge Higham said upon delivering his sentence.
‘It is a heavy duty that sits on the court to sentence a young man such as you to prison for a substantial term of imprisonment.
‘I have tried to structure the sentence so that you don’t lose hope and that also you (are) able to be supported in the community should you obtain parole.
‘You will certainly still be – in the mind of this old judge – a young man and if you’re able to give up and never use methamphetamine again, I’m sure you can turn to being the man your mum and current partner describe.’
Raku Raku’s victim had been tuned into the video link hearing to watch her tormentor receive the court’s definition of justice.
In her own words, her life had been completely ruined by Raku Raku.
She now lives in fear, alone and has become a drunken wreck that suffers suicidal thoughts, severe depression and terrifying flashbacks.
‘I feel hopeless and that I don’t deserve a happy life,’ she had told Judge Higham.
The young woman had endured what Judge Higham described as nothing short of a ‘nightmare’ at the hands of Raku Raku.
The court heard she had engaged in a brief relationship with him before dumping the marine mechanic amid claims of violent and controlling abuse.
Raku Raku drove his terrified victim across Victoria, making her steal fuel along the way as he threatened to kill her. He would rape her repeatedly inside a cold shack
But Raku Raku, could not take ‘no’ for an answer.
On August 12, 2019, he arrived at his victim’s home armed with a screwdriver and refused to leave.
‘Once outside, her nightmare began,’ Judge Higham said.
The court heard Raku Raku slammed her head into the side of the car and threw her inside.
He told the woman he had nothing to live for.
‘You gave her the choice of a bullet in the head, or a body bag,’ Judge Higham said.
Raku Raku drove her more than four hours to a remote shack in Glenthompson that was freezing cold.
‘You brought this upon yourself,’ he told the woman before raping her.
The next day he drove the woman around country Victoria before throttling and raping her again at the deserted shack.
The court heard Raku Raku would make his terrified captive fill up his car with fuel before they drove off without paying – all the while begging to be released.
After nearly two days of misery, Raku Raku let her go, warning that if she ratted him out he would kill her.
He was arrested the following day.
Raku Raku would later deny raping his victim, telling detectives she ‘did not say no’.
Doctors told the court Raku Raku had believed he was ‘invincible’ while smashed on meth and that he could not be hurt or captured by police.
Mathew Raku Raku, 26, was sentenced in the County Court on Friday to a minimum six years’ jail
The County Court of Victoria deals with some of the state’s most vicious and vile rapists
Judge Higham accepted Raku Raku had been driven by a ‘monstrous sense of entitlement’.
‘You decided that you would show (her) who was boss. She would bend to your will or she would suffer the consequences,’ he said.
The court heard the woman had every reason to fear for her life during the ordeal.
‘Rape has nothing to do with desire, it has nothing to do with sexual attraction. It is quite simply a crime of invasive violence. It uses the physical expressions of intimacy to exert power, control and dominance,’ Judge Higham said.
‘And when used against an intimate partner it is a betrayal of any loving, mutual or respectful relationship.’
He sentenced Raku Raku to a maximum sentence of nine years and eight months in jail.