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A Melbourne youth church leader who raped a 14-year-old girl, poured petrol on her and set her alight has been jailed for 21 years.


Michael Tuano Hermogenes, 25, plied the girl with alcohol before choking her with one of her stockings, raping her, taking photos of her while she was naked and unconscious, then setting her and her house alight to hide his crimes.

She suffered permanent injuries including burns to half her body, amputation of her right toes and spent almost a year in hospital.

Hermogenes pleaded guilty to charges including arson, attempted murder and rape over the attack at the girl’s home in Melbourne’s west in May last year.

He must serve 16 years before he is eligible for parole.

Hermogenes sat in the dock with his head bowed, hands clasped in a praying position.

He showed little other reaction as the sentence was handed down.

Justice Paul Coghlan said Hermogenes’ crimes involved a breach of trust and was satisfied he took alcohol to the girl’s home so he could take sexual advantage of her.

The judge described his photographing of his victim as “bizarre and disgusting”.

Justice Coghlan said the girl spent almost all of the 15th year of her life in hospital as a result of her horrific injuries.

“She will suffer from them for the rest of her life … and will need daily care,” he said.

The judge accepted Hermogenes was remorseful, but was guarded about his rehabilitation prospects.

He said a “very stern” sentence was necessary to deter others from similar crimes.

The sentence takes into account more than a year Hermogenes has served in pre-sentence custody.

AAP  

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