A man has admitted the violent rape of a prostitute at a motel where he held a knife to her throat.
Phillip William Payne, 35, unemployed, of Timaru, was charged with rape and two other charges of sexual violation in relation to the attack. He was also charged with breaching parole.
He pleaded guilty to the charges before Judge Paul Kellar in Timaru District Court yesterday.
The court was told that the victim, an Auckland woman aged 49, was met at a Timaru motel by Payne on the night of June 19. Payne had answered a newspaper advertisement.
He had armed himself with a stainless steel kitchen knife which was hidden down the front of his jeans.
When he arrived at the motel, there was a discussion with the victim about payment of services.
He pulled the knife out of his jeans and told the woman he would not be paying and she would do what he told her.
He sexually assaulted her twice before raping her.
When he placed the knife on the bed, the woman grabbed it and stabbed him in the head, shoulder and back.
A struggle ensued and Payne ripped the knife from the woman's grasp. It sliced through her fingers, severing the tendons. She escaped his clutches, grabbed a bedsheet to cover herself and ran to the manager's office.
Payne fled down State Highway 1 to Caroline Bay, bleeding heavily from a head wound. He discarded the knife along the way.
He was apprehended by police in the Port Loop Rd area. He told police he had taken the knife with the intention of robbing the woman. Once there, however, he decided to “help himself”. He did not require hospital treatment.
The victim underwent three hours of surgery to repair tendon damage to her fingers. She required 12 weeks of intensive physiotherapy.
Payne is now subject to the three strikes law where a person sentenced to a crime with a maximum sentence of seven years or more in prison receives a warning on their record. He will be sentenced on November 2.
The case is similar to one in court in Christchurch this week.
A sex worker said she was raped twice in a shed near Mona Vale after refusing to go through with a sexual encounter.
She told the court that Rufus Joseph, 21, had threatened that she would be killed if she left.
She said Joseph paid her $100 after she decided to play along for her own safety.
Joseph has denied two charges of raping her and several other charges.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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