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Serial rapist sentenced for sex attacks in jail

Notorious rapist Raymond Henry Garland indecently assaulted fellow inmates at a Queensland prison in the months before he was released and raped three people.

April 24, 2020

A notorious rapist, who has spent almost four decades behind bars, has been sentenced for historical sex attacks on two young men in a Queensland prison.

Raymond Henry Garland was already serving an indefinite sentence after he took a group of people hostage in Mackay, and raped three of them in 1997.

The 49-year-old was convicted in September for indecently assaulting two fellow inmates at the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre nine months earlier.

Garland sodomised the men, aged 19 and 20, in August 1996 after attacking them in a shower of the cell they shared, the Brisbane District Court heard on Friday.

“You were a powerful man at that time. Both (men) were vulnerable, they were captive, they were physically smaller,” Judge David Kent said.

“You used forced to overcome resistance.”

After the violent assaults, Garland threatened the men, telling one he would “knee cap” him if he spoke to the authorities.

Months later and whilst on parole for a series of sexual offences he committed while a teenager, Garland, then 25, abducted and raped a 14-year-old girl.

He fled to Mackay in April 1997, where he raped a 16-year-old boy multiple times in a motel whilst armed with a gun and a knife.

Garland then took two men and two women, one pregnant, hostage at gunpoint after seeing them out walking.

In a night of terror, he barricaded the group inside a flat and threatened to kill one of the hostages before raping the women on multiple occasions.

Garland was captured by police after taking another group hostage and attempting to flee the scene in a car.

He was convicted in 1998 of 45 offences related to 32 complainants and jailed indefinitely. This included 11 sexual offences committed against four people.

Garland was first sentenced for sexual offences aged 14 and has spent just 18 months outside correctional facilities since.

Most of his time in custody has been spent in solitary confinement in maximum-security prisons.

Judge Kent sentenced Garland to 14 years’ imprisonment for raping the two men with parole eligibility after two years.

He is unlikely to be released anytime soon, however.

Not only is Garland serving an indefinite sentence, if it is suspended on review he has a life sentence stemming from some of the 1997 rampage charges awaiting him.

He also has more charges being processed through the courts that will have to be dealt with before his review application can be assessed.

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