Cairns serial rapist snuck into homes, assaulted five women while they slept
The victim of a serial rapist who broke into the bedrooms of five women in far north Queensland and sexually assaulted them while they slept has described how her “life imploded” after the crime.
- Graham Mark Kennedy was jailed for nine years on rape and sexual assault charges
- He broke down in court after pleading guilty, but a victim said he was insincere
- Kennedy apologised to each of his five victims in letters
Graham Mark Kennedy, 43, broke down as he pleaded guilty in Cairns District Court to 49 charges, including rape, sexual assault, and breaking and entering, for offences committed from May 2008 to June 2015.
But after sentencing was handed down, one of Kennedy’s victims accused him of crying “crocodile tears”.
One victim, raped by Kennedy when she was 18 after he snuck into her Kewarra Beach home in Cairns in 2011, sat in the courtroom during today’s hearing with her family as her victim impact statement was read out.
“I need to be here to see the face of the man who took so much from me, to put a face to the monster in the dark,” her statement said.
“Sleeping peacefully on your own bed is somewhere everyone should feel safe — it’s surreal how much damage one person can do.
“What transpired in the years following the assault was soul-destroying — my life imploded.
“I still wonder what I would have been today if I wasn’t raped.
“I was terrified of being at home — It took years of nightmares and insomnia before I could sleep.
“I want Mr Kennedy to know he didn’t ruin my life — I am still here, I am looking forward to finally closing this hellish chapter of my life.”
Another victim impact statement was read to the court from a woman who was sexually assaulted during a holiday at Dunk Island in 2009.
It described how Kennedy broke into the woman’s hotel room and sexually assaulted her while she slept beside her husband.
“Until 2009 I had faith in human nature, then you slipped into my hotel room,” she wrote.
“Anxiety is part of my life now — I had nightmares before but not ones that woke me up screaming — you are a bogeyman.”
Rapist apologises to victims in letters
Judge Dean Morzone sentenced Kennedy to nine years’ jail and did not set a parole date.
Kennedy, who has been in custody since his arrest in August 2015, wrote each of his five victims a letter beginning each with ‘To Whom It May Concern’, describing how he cried three times a day while in jail.
“It’s good you say you’re sorry [in your letter] — I hope you mean it,” the second victim impact statement continued.
“I hope you reflect and do what you need to do to rehabilitate yourself, but [after reading your letter] I don’t think you’re there yet.”
The court also heard police found 28 videos and 46 photos when they seized phones and a laptop from Kennedy’s home, which contained footage and images of women who had been unknowingly filmed through their windows by him.
‘I don’t think he was sincere’
Outside court, one victim expressed frustration at the sentence handed down.
“I don’t think nine years was enough,” she told the ABC.
“I don’t think he was sincere in his apology letter. I don’t think he was sincere in his crocodile tears in court.
“I feel like this is a big step, putting it all behind me — but the thought of him getting out in two years after everything he’s done disgusts me.
“I’ve had to relive this over and over again for eight years. It’s been hell.
“I think of Eurydice Dixon and that woman who was murdered in Melbourne, and that just reflects the culture [in Australia].”