Phillip Nijp has been jailed after admitting to rape.
Phillip Nijp has been jailed after admitting to rape.

Online predator tracked mum home after date

A YOUNG mum who met an Ipswich businessman online before going on a date was raped after he followed her home.

An Ipswich court heard the victim chatted with her attacker several times online before arranging to meet at the Bundamba pool.

Before they even left the carpark to go into the pool, Phillip Nijp grabbed the woman's breasts.

Startled, the woman got back into her car and drove home.

In chilling details revealed before Ipswich District Court, Nijp covertly followed her car, later returning to her house, breaking in and raping her.

Phillip Christiaan Nijp, 27, pleaded guilty to raping the woman at her home on January 21, 2019, and committing burglary.

Crown prosecutor Amanda Robinson said the woman spoke to Nijp online but when they met for the first time he acted inappropriately by making a comment about her breasts, then touching them.

"He asked if he could feel them. She said no," she said.

"She drove home and phoned a friend but he followed her."

The woman told Nijp she had to leave to go to her daughter, and he left.

But when she returned home about 4.30pm, she was again confronted by Nijp, who had forced entry to the house.

The court heard he grabbed her breasts and pulled her hair, asking if she liked it.

She said no, but he pushed her into a bedroom and onto a bed.

The frightened woman struggled but the court was told Nijp pinned her down and forcibly removed some of her clothes, raping her, then leaving. Police were called and the woman was taken to Ipswich Hospital for medical treatment.

Police investigators tracked Nijp's car on CCTV.

Ms Robinson said Nijp lied to police, saying he'd been invited over to her house and that she tried to initiate sex.

He also lied about going to the house twice that day, until he was shown camera footage.

The court heard Nijp had no previous criminal history.

In her submission the prosecutor told Judge Dennis Lynch QC that it was open for the court to declare it a Serious Violent Offence.

Defence barrister Clare O'Connor said Nijp had led an unremarkable life, working as a cafe franchise manager.

Ms O'Connor said Nijp was remorseful. She argued against a serious violence declaration being made against him.

Judge Lynch sentenced Nijp to eight years jail, and ordered that he serve at least two years and eight months before being eligible to apply for parole from October 22, 2022.

"Your conduct is very serious. You entered her house uninvited, apparently with intent to rape her. She was vulnerable," he said.

Judge Lynch was satisfied it did not warrant a serious violent offender declaration.


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