Man jailed for raping woman during hotel job interview

A duty manager and married father-of-two has been jailed for raping a woman while he was supposed to be interviewing her for a job at a Darwin hotel. 

Ruel Lizardo Baradas, 34, phoned the 29-year-old Taiwanese woman and told her to come in for an interview after she applied for a housekeeping job on October 16 last year. 

He conducted the interview in a hotel room at the Mantra Pandanas, pressured her into giving him a massage, and ultimately forced himself on her and raped her.

The woman was vulnerable, had only been in Australia for four days on a 12-month visa and had limited English or knowledge of Australian culture, Chief Justice Michael Grant said in sentencing Baradas on Friday.

A man has been jailed for raping a woman who had been in Australia for four days. File pic. Source: Getty Images

It would have been clear she was not consenting, she gave evidence of saying “no” repeatedly and trying to push him away, which a jury had accepted, Justice Grant said.

Baradas left evidence behind on a mobile phone app the victim used to translate from Mandarin to English of asking her repeatedly, “What can you do to convince me to hire you?” 

“You were asking her that question to indicate that her job prospects would be greatly enhanced if she had sex with you,” Justice Grant said. 

“The victim in this case was scared, vulnerable and cowed by your authority and conduct, which was an abuse of power.”

The victim had suffered significant emotional impact since, had been unable to sleep, lost a job and struggled to trust people, the court heard. 

Baradas had shown no remorse, given he maintained he did nothing wrong and the sex was consensual, and he had pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual intercourse without consent.

He sobbed as he was sentenced to five years’ jail to be suspended after two years.

Baradas’ supportive wife and fellow Filipino friends were in court.

A Supreme Court jury took less than two hours to convict him on Thursday.