Horror rape: Woman woke up with attacker’s hand on her throat, court told

A SERIAL sex offender broke into a sleeping woman’s home near Mildura and raped her in a terrifying and sinister attack.

Luke Ramm, 36, of South Australia, admitted to the shocking rape, making a threat to kill, aggravated burglary and assault when he faced the County Court sitting in Mildura yesterday.

Ramm collected personal information about the victim, whom he had never met, before he attacked her in the place she should have felt most safe. 

The victim, who fled her home and drove herself to Mildura police station after the attack, has now decided to leave the country after moving to Australia a number of years ago. 

Judge Michael Bourke said the community’s safety must be the main consideration of his sentence. 

Prosecutor David O’Doherty yesterday told the court that the day before the attack, Ramm – who was visiting his mother in the town just outside Mildura – broke into the victim’s car and stole a small amount of cash from her wallet.

It was then he discovered personal information, including details about her partner and workplace, which he committed to memory.

The next day, after drinking at a pub, he broke into the victim’s home in the early hours of the morning while she was sleeping. 

The victim woke to find Ramm’s hand on her throat. He threatened to kill her if she screamed, saying he had a knife.

Ramm told her he had been watching her and knew her partner’s name and where she worked.

He raped and physically assaulted the victim a number of times, threatening to put her in the car and dump her body to avoid detection.

When Ramm eventually left, the victim ran to her car, and drove to the local police station, only to find it unmanned.

She then drove to the Mildura police station, where she reported the assault.

Ramm was arrested at his mother’s home a few days 

later, admitting he used knowledge of the victim’s personal details to scare her and demonstrate his power over her.

“One can’t think of anything ... that would have been more frightening for a woman in her bed,” Judge Bourke said.

The brave victim read her victim impact statement to the court, detailing the deep affect the attack had on her life, while thanking the police for their help.

Ramm had a history of sexual offending. 

In 2007 he was sentenced to four years’ prison in Queensland after he broke into a woman’s home and tried to rape her.

But the Supreme Court on appeal found that sentence was “manifestly excessive” and granted him a non-parole period of 16 months.

Defence counsel Gavan Tellefson yesterday told the Mildura court Ramm had a “sad and unfortunate adolescence” and was using ice and alcohol at the time of the ­attack.

Judge Bourke said he was not satisfied the psycholog­ical report prepared on Ramm went any way to explain his offending and risk to the community.

He ordered a new “neutral” report be prepared before he would pass sentence.

Judge Bourke said it was a “deeply disturbing case” that must attract a long prison sentence.

He said he had to consider whether the offending warranted a “longer than proportionate” sentence to protect the community.

Ramm, who was remanded in custody, will be sentenced at a date to be fixed when the psychological report is complete. 

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