Shaun Michael O'Rourke
Sunday Star Times article 25th February 1996
Outrage is growing over a New Zealander who grinned as he was sentenced for raping a doctor in Melbourne. The Victoria State Government is now planning to deport former Mongrel Mob member Shaun Michael O'Rourke when he completes his five-year jail sentence. The 27-year-old former panel-beater smiled broadly at the crowd at the Victoria County Court and rubbed his hands when Judge Leo Hart sentenced him. The court heard that O'Rourke attacked the 27-year-old doctor in a private staff lounge, where she was taking a meal break about 4am, after he sneaked into Melbourne's Alfred Hospital last May.
The victim told the court that O'Rourke "seemed excited" when she told him she was a doctor. "His eyes sort of lit up," she said. O'Rourke, who moved to Australia five years ago, was convicted of threatening to kill, digital rape, two charges of indecent assault and one of intentionally causing injury. He was sentenced to five years' jail, with a minimum term of three years. As he has already spent nine months in custody awaiting trial, he could be freed in just over two years. The perceived leniency provoked an angry public reaction, with talkback radio running hot. Melbourne's Sunday Herald-Sun newspaper last week received 1100 readers' letters criticising the sentence, many calling for O'Rourke to be deported and some urging a return to the death penalty.
Date of Birth
Digital rape, indecent assault (x2) and intentionally causing injury to a Melbourne woman in Australia in May 1995
Three Strikes Status
Sentenced to 5 years with a 3 year minimum non-parole period in February 1996
Release and deportation likely
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