Posted June 20, 2018 08:14:51A man who tried in vain to ‘make a woman’s belly expand’ at the University of Sydney Hospital in 2015 was sentenced today to four-and-a-half years in jail for aggravated sexual assault.
Johnathan Riddell, a 24-year-old from Geelong, pleaded guilty to the sexual assault of a woman on January 3, 2015, and was given four-years’ jail.
Riddell had pleaded guilty in the NSW Supreme Court to aggravated sexual battery and was fined $1,500.
The victim was treated at the hospital for what was described as a stomach ache and she reported her ordeal to police.
She told police that she was not aware of Riddella’s sexual assault until the following morning, when she was asked if she had been drinking alcohol.
“It is alleged that the complainant and Riddells accomplice, were having a sexual encounter,” police wrote in their victim impact statement.
After Riddrell told the victim she was pregnant, she went to the toilet and fell on the floor.
It was there that she had an abortion and died shortly afterwards.
Police also interviewed a woman who identified Riddello as her friend.
He was arrested after the woman reported him to the police.
Riddells father was not present when he was sentenced, but the man was given a lifetime sex offender order, and must serve at least five years of his sentence before he can apply for parole.
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