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A serial predator who hunted and raped young Korean women travelling and working in Australia has been sentenced to 18 years and six months in jail.

Ashraf Kamal Makary, 42, was on Friday sentenced in the Brisbane District Court after a jury found him guilty of two rapes, one attempted rape and three counts of administering a stupefying drug on Wednesday.

Justice Leanne Clare was scathing in her assessment of the Egypt-born offender, describing him as a “true serial predator” from whom the community needed protection.

Justice Clare said Makary deliberately hunted the young Korean women through a language exchange website, with the intention of raping them.

“You devised a wicked plan, you set a trap and you lured the prey,” she said.

The court heard Makary emailed and texted the women – who were aged 19, 20 and 24 – in the weeks leading up to April 2011, to encourage them to meet with him.

Justice Clare said he brought his own “rape kit” to the meetings, which included wine and sleeping tablets, with the intention of turning each woman into a “rag doll”.

Defence barrister Joshua Fenton had argued his client’s offending was less serious because there was no gratuitous violence involved.

However Justice Clare said Makary’s drugging of victims was the “most serious aspect” of his offending.

“The women were are your mercy,” she said.

“They were here in Australia for opportunity and adventure.

“Instead you stole the freedom and innocence of their youth.”

The court heard Makary had no prior criminal history, however he has since been convicted of another rape that occurred while he was on bail in April 2012.

He will be sentenced for that matter next week.

Justice Clare said although he had spent four years in pre-sentence custody, she would still impose a sentence of 18 years and six months.

“You took the opportunity while on bail to rape yet another woman,” she said.

“You only stopped because you were locked up.”

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