Evil rapist who threatened to kill his 13-year-old victim if she continued to resist while attacking her in a public park, attempted suicide before sentenced to just nine MONTHS in jail
- Craig Anthony Mclean, 30, was convicted in Gympie District Court last week
- The court heard that he started a relationship with a 13-year-old girl in July 2018
- The couple started to hug and kiss, but she told him she wasn’t ready for sex
- He later raped her and threatened her life when she said she would call the police
- He was sentenced to nine months and tried to kill himself twice before the hearing
A malicious rapist who sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl in a park and threatened to kill her if she called the police has been sentenced to just nine months behind bars.
Craig Anthony Mclean, 30, from Gympie, Queensland, hunted a young teen for a year from July 2018.
The relationship initially began with months of ‘hugging and kissing’ before he raped her at a local lookout post in late 2019 when she refused his advances. The courier post reports.
The girl reported the incident to the police and was charged with two indecent treatment of a child under the age of 16, once for having carnal knowledge of a child under 16 and once for having child exploitation material .
Craig Anthony Mclean (pictured), 30, from Gympie, QLD, was sentenced to nine months behind bars last week for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl from 2018 to 2019
Mclean has attempted to take his own life twice in the hours leading up to his sentencing hearing at Gympie District Court last week.
He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years and three months in prison and the remainder of the term suspended once he served nine months.
The court heard the girl had told McLean she was not ready for sex in November 2018, and ran away from him during a meeting later that year when he reached under her bra and pants after telling him to stop.
The pair met again in a park a few months later and had sex on a bench, exchanging sexually explicit photos in 2019.
Mclean convinced the girl to meet him at a lookout and promised nothing would happen between them, but began to slowly touch her despite her resistance, the court heard.
When he ripped open her pants and she threatened to call the police if he didn’t stop, he said to her, “I’ll take your life if you call the police.”
She fought back until he quit and he eventually dropped her at home, after which the girl reported the incident to the police the next day.
The court heard that Mclean tried to take his own life twice on the morning of the conviction hearing.
He was charged after voluntarily visiting the local police station in November 2019 and released on bail on the condition that he did not use social media, which he subsequently violated several times.
He was arrested in January for threatening to murder someone who was reporting the matter to the police and taken into custody before being released again on bail in August.
The morning of last week’s hearing, he was rushed to hospital after attempting to take his own life in a park, before making a second attempt later that day, the court heard.
The judge said Mclean’s behavior throughout the proceedings had shown “ substantial self-interest ” rather than remorse for his victim.
McLean was given a 15-month good-behavior commitment for using a carriage to harass and a six-month sentence, to be served concurrently, for violating a previous suspended sentence.
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