A MAN has been convicted and sentenced to seven years' jail for the rape of two women, as well as committing numerous violent acts against one of them while she was pregnant.
Ashmont's Tyson Little, 23, appeared in Wagga District Court on Friday for sentencing in relation to the two separate matters, which both occurred in 2017.
Little initially pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual intercourse without consent knowing that the victim did not consent.
But on Monday - what would have been the first day of the trial - he changed his plea to guilty.
Little also pleaded not guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, three counts of intimidation, three counts of common assault and sexual intercourse without consent in relation to another set of offences that occurred in October and November 2017.
However, in February this year he was found guilty of all charges after a judge alone trial.
In relation to the first rape in August 2017, court documents state that Little raped the victim on the front lawn of a house after midnight as she was walking home.
Judge Gordon Lerve said Little "took advantage of a victim who was intoxicated".
"Young women are entitled to go out and enjoy themselves without the expectation that they will be taken advantage of in the manner that this offender took advantage of the victim," he said.
Young women are entitled to go out and enjoy themselves without the expectation that they will be taken advantage of in the manner that this offender took advantage of the victim.Judge Gordon Lerve
In relation to the second set of offences, the court heard that in one incident Little struck the victim over the head with a makeshift weapon and he kicked the victim in the head twice in two other incidents.
After intimidating the victim in another incident, Little forced her to perform oral sex on him and she complied because of his threats.
In his remarks, Judge Lerve said: "Women are entitled to be treated with dignity and respect ... rather than as some type of chattel".
At a previous hearing, Little's mother gave evidence that Judge Lerve described as "particularly powerful and speaks eloquently of the unfortunate life that the offender has had to date".
The court also heard about Little's troubled upbringing and his substance abuse. Judge Lerve said there is a glimmer of hope regarding rehabilitation.
Little's family was in court to support him and his mother mother declined to comment outside afterwards.
He will be eligible for parole in May 2022.
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