Woman to serve eight years for torture, rape
UPDATE: A 38-year-old woman will spend the next eight years in jail for torturing, raping and assaulting a woman in crimes of "horror".
Ipswich District Court on Friday heard Sheridan Louise McGuire had become "something of a model prisoner" over the past 18 months having served 418 days pre-sentence custody since she was charged for the offending in May last year.
A jury found her guilty on Thursday to all eight offences including deprivation of liberty, rape, robbery in company, torture, threatening violence and three counts of assault following the eight day trial.
"The offending was frightening, humiliating, degrading and in some instances violent," Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren said. "These crimes would be of horror and absolutely denounced by the community."
He said McGuire "became something of a model prisoner as a consequence of having come clean (from drugs)".
A serious violent offender order was made.
McGuire and the co-accused, a 28-year-old man, were charged after the victim escaped their Woodend home on May 4 last year.
Throughout the trial Crown prosecutor Clare Kelly said the victim was threatened with having her fingers cut off with a machete, had her ponytail cut off and was raped during the ordeal.
She was also tied to a tree on the banks on the Bremer River as the tide rose and shackled to a living room floor.
Ms Kelly said the woman was duct taped to a dining chair, tasered, poked with a cattle prod and "told to get on the floor like a dog".
The trial court heard the defendant also drew white vinegar into a syringe and told her, "you're lucky I don't have battery acid".
EARLIER: The harrowing case of a woman being tortured, raped and assaulted for five days at Woodend last year ended when a jury found a 39-year-old woman guilty of eight offences yesterday.
An Ipswich District Court jury found Sheridan Louise McGuire guilty of rape, torture, deprivation of liberty, robbery in company, threatening violence and three counts of assault.
McGuire and the co-accused, a 28-year-old man, were charged after the victim escaped McGuire's and the co-accused's Woodend home on May 4 last year, telling police she spent several days being tortured, tied up, raped and beaten.
Throughout the eight-day trial, Crown prosecutor Clare Kelly told the court the offending began after the victim was accused of taking methamphetamine from the home.
Ms Kelly said the victim was threatened with having her fingers cut off with a machete if she answered questions incorrectly, she also had her ponytail cut off and was raped during the ordeal.
She said one of the charges related to the woman being chained to a tree by the Bremer River.
"She thought she was going to die by drowning at that point," Ms Kelly said.
"The water mark was above her head and it was muddy.
"(The defendant) told her she 'had lots of time to sit and think about being a bad friend' and 'enjoy your last few hours'."
The court heard the pair retrieved the victim from the river bank and took her back to the house, where she was locked to the floor by a chain around her ankle.
Ms Kelly said the woman escaped the next morning and police later found evidence including a machete, duct tape and a pony tail at the home.
She also said the woman was duct taped to a dining chair, tasered and poked with a cattle prod and "told to get on the floor like a dog".
Ms Kelly said the defendant also drew white vinegar into a syringe and told her, "you're lucky I don't have battery acid".
The court was closed while the victim gave evidence throughout the eight-day trial.
Sentencing is expected to be handed down today.