‘Vile demon’ jailed for drugging and preying on girls
Rex Martinich |
A man who “preyed upon” two 14-year-old girls after luring them to his home with illegal drugs has been jailed for nine years.
Esfar Mohd Rafi faced Brisbane Supreme Court on Thursday for sentencing having earlier pleaded guilty to 32 charges including rape, producing child exploitation material and aggravated supply of dangerous drugs to a child.
Crown prosecutor Jodie Crane said Rafi, 27, had engaged in “almost identical” offending during two separate periods in 2020 and 2022.
“(Rafi) preyed upon these vulnerable girls, supplying them with drugs and committing sexual offences,” Ms Crane said.
She said Rafi committed the offences while at various times being on parole, on bail or subject to a suspended sentence.
“At the time of the offending he appeared in court and told the judge he was making progress towards rehabilitation,” Ms Crane said.
Rafi contacted his first victim via the social media app Instagram, offering her cannabis before suggesting she stay at his friend’s house.
The girl took drugs at the house and was assaulted by Rafi while she was in the shower.
Rafi filmed one of the assaults and later continued to try to contact the girl, at one point threatening to bash her boyfriend.
“There was an element of grooming as he took her shopping and bought her shoes and clothes,” Ms Crane said.
While Rafi was being charged for his offences against the first girl, he approached another 14-year-old girl in a park while she was walking her dog and offered her cannabis, cocaine and diazepam.
Ms Crane said Rafi exploited the girl’s issues with her family and mental health.
“When the police came looking for her, he hid her in a cupboard and lied about not knowing her,” Ms Crane said.
One of the victims was in court and Ms Crane read from her mother’s victim impact statement that said Rafi was a “vile demon” who belonged behind bars.
“It makes me sick to my stomach that someone who should have known better took advantage of my child,” the statement said.
Rafi’s barrister, Renae Kirk, said her client had not engaged in sophisticated offending.
“There was no clear calculation by someone who plans and attempts to cover their tracks,” Ms Kirk said.
Rafi told the court he was sorry and was seeking professional help.
“I hope to one day reintegrate into the community … thank you for taking the time to consider my punishment,” he said.
Justice Tom Sullivan accepted Rafi had suffered abuse during childhood and this had led him to drug addiction.
“That does not excuse your conduct and the damage you caused to these young women … it goes some way to explain,” Justice Sullivan said.
Justice Sullivan said Rafi had little prospect of rehabilitation unless he stopped taking drugs.
Rafi was given a parole eligibility date of June 30, 2027 with none of his multiple periods on remand counted as time served.
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