Rapist jailed

NORTH PERTH child rapist Vincenzo Mule has been sentenced to 10 years’ prison for kidnapping and sexually assaulting two young children and will be eligible for parole after eight years.

He lured the four-year-old girl and the five-year-old boy from a now-closed North Perth childcare centre, fined $40,000 for not adequately monitoring children.

Mule took them to his parents’ home on Grosvenor Road and abused both children in the backyard shed where he lived, slapping the girl when she started to cry.

Mule, 54, then walked them to Hyde Park and left them there.

District court judge Simon Stone described Mule as having “evil designs” and said his “brazen, persistent and deliberate” actions “were for your own sexual gratification.

“You subjected both children to sexual penetration without protection and you abandoned them in the park.” The children had to go for blood tests for sexually transmitted illnesses.

The judge did not accept Mule’s claims that he couldn’t remember the crime, saying he “feigned amnesia” to “avoid the consequences”.

Judge Stone said the event had been “frightening” for the children and the boy’s mother said the attack had taken away his independence and curiosity, and “he’s no longer the confident boy he was before”.

The girl’s mother says she’d experienced “extreme levels of emotional stress” and both children are having nightmares.

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