Malaysian pilot convicted of rape in Australia

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PETALING JAYA: A Malaysian pilot was convicted in Perth, Australia yesterday over a rape he had committed more than 20 years ago, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported.

According to the facts of the case, Alfred Gerard Eravelly, now 50, had broken into his victim’s Scarborough home in the early hours of March 9, 1996 by cutting the fly screen on her bathroom window.

Wearing a stocking over his head, he tied her up and sexually assaulted her, repeatedly raping her at knifepoint.

Perth police had identified him based on DNA evidence that was only analysed later but eventually led to his arrest.

Eravelly was arrested shortly after he flew back to Australia, landing in Sydney in February last year, 20 years after he left.

The AAP report also said he was charged with five counts of aggravated sexual penetration without consent and one count each of burglary, unlawful detention and unlawful wounding.

During the trial, the prosecution informed the court that Eravelly lived less than 2km away from the victim at the time of the offence, and was an aviation student at the time.

According to the AAP, in his defence, Eravelly told detectives in interviews after his arrest that he had dated the woman and tied her up as part of kinky, consensual sex.

He had also revealed that he had a fantasy about breaking into a home and raping a woman, but didn’t enjoy acting out the fantasy.

However, during the trial, Eravelly’s defence lawyer said the father of two had a brief consensual sexual relationship with the woman after meeting her in a bar.

The relationship had then turned sour when he tried to blackmail her for cash, threatening to tell her boyfriend about their trysts, AAP reported.

The six-day trial in the District Court of Western Australia, saw Eravelly convicted on all charges, with sentencing set for June 22.