AUSTRALIA’S first woman who accused her husband of rape will be jailed for a year.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) announced yesterday that 21-year-old Laura Taylor will serve a one-year prison sentence for her alleged assault on her former husband.
She pleaded not guilty to the charge in July last year and said her husband was “unwilling to pay”.
“I’m going to be a free woman,” she said.
“I don’t think I’ll ever go back to being in the marriage and it’s a big loss for me,” she told the ABC last year.
“There are people in this world who would do anything for you.”
Ms Taylor told police that she and her husband had been together for a few years, but they were no longer married and had been living together.
“He didn’t pay for the property, he didn’t rent the property,” she claimed.
“It was a very good arrangement but he was not willing to pay for it,” Ms Taylor told the court.
“We had a couple of issues where he had problems with it.”
Ms Walker and Mr Taylor’s relationship had been rocky.
She claimed he had been abusive and had beaten her.
In a statement to police, she said he had “failed to fulfil his legal obligations to us”.
The couple have been married for about seven years and Ms Walker said she had been raped by Mr Taylor after she and his then-girlfriend were separated in the early hours of February 17, 2017.
Mr Taylor denied the allegation.
In her statement to the court, Ms Walker claimed Mr Taylor told her he had beaten his wife and she had “just felt like crying”.
“He then asked me if I wanted to have a massage and I said, ‘Sure, let’s have a little massage’,” she said, adding she did not remember saying anything else.
Ms Walker said her injuries were so bad that she was not able to attend court hearings on the rape charges and had to stay home to care for her children.
She told the courts that she believed Mr Taylor was “very angry” after the assault and had threatened to kill her.
“When I asked him why he did it, he said, `I’ll find you,'” she said in her statement.
“That was the end of the conversation.”
She said Mr Taylor also made a threatening phone call to the police after the alleged assault.
She said she thought the “time was right” to file a report because she was “getting into a lot of trouble”.
“It wasn’t a big deal to me at the time,” she added.
“My life was really good.”
Ms Turner said she was a student studying for her degree at the University of Queensland and that she did her best to help her husband.
“But there were times when I just couldn’t do it and I had to do what I could,” she explained.
“So I went to him and he said he wanted to make me stay home.”
The case has raised concerns about sexual assault in the workplace.
The Federal Court ruled last year that women should not have to worry about filing a sexual harassment claim against their husbands.
The judge also told Mr Turner he was “not entitled to his benefit” from the law if he did not “show that he is capable of paying”.
Mr Turner said he was concerned about the impact of the conviction on his marriage.
“The legal consequences are significant, but the impact on me is significant,” he said.
Ms Turner’s mother, Angela Walker, said she would “rather be sitting in jail than going through that”.
Topics:sexual-offences,law-crime-and-justice,crime,sexual-assault,courts-and–trials,women,law—ethics,australia,qld,aurna-4215First posted June 01, 2018 12:54:39Contact Melissa GannonMore stories from New South Wales