Tweed beach rapist jailed



A MAN who raped a teenage girl at knife point after seeing her sunbaking alone at Wooyung Beach will spend at least eight years behind bars, Lismore District Court heard.

Darren Paul Musgrove, 36, of Loganholme, in Queensland, was jailed for eight years without parole and sentenced for a total of 10 years and six months after pleading guilty to aggravated sexual assault.

Prior to the offence, Musgrove had been on a good behaviour bond for inciting two young girls to commit an act of indecency in Sydney in 2002.

Facts tendered to the court said in March 2004 an 18-year-old girl had gone to Wooyung Beach (south of Pottsville) alone and was lying on the beach when she noticed a man (Musgrove) walking slowly past her and looking at her, so she decided to leave.

The facts said she was confronted by Musgrove on the walk track back to her car. He was carrying a knife with a 1015cm blade.

The girl told police that Musgrove held the knife against her side and told her not to scream, or he would "slit her throat".

The facts said Musgrove led her to an area in the dunes and raped her and afterwards picked up the knife and told the girl "wait here for five minutes, if you come out any sooner I'll stab you".

The girl reported the rape to police and DNA samples were taken.

The court heard evidence from Senior Constable David Millar who spoke with Musgrove in April last year after a woman in Pottsville reported she had been stalked by a man fitting his description.

Snr Const Millar said he believed there could be a link to the Wooyung rape.

A mouth swab from Musgrove was compared to DNA from the victim's towel.

He had the same DNA profile as the major DNA component recovered from the towel.

Musgrove was arrested in August and remanded in custody.



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