Rapist who dragged woman off street jailed

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On her way to meet a friend, a young Melbourne woman got off a rail replacement bus and was confronted by a man who wanted to talk to her.

She wasn't interested in a conversation with him and let him know.

When she returned to the bus stop near West Footscray Station a short time later that day in June 2020, Gokmen Goktogan approached her again.

Out of the blue he began grabbing her bottom, reaching under her skirt and touching her underwear.

She was terrified, shaking in fear and hoping the bus would come quickly. It didn't and Goktogan directed her down a dark and secluded path, where trees and foliage obstructed public view.

He raped her again and again over 20 or 30 minutes as she begged him "stop, stop, please stop".

When he stopped he told her "you're OK".

She was not, County Court Judge Gerard Mullaly said in sentencing Goktogan to eight years in prison on Tuesday.

The young woman took a chance and ran to the bus stop, jumping on a bus as it arrived.

"It is every woman's nightmare to be grabbed off the street and raped," Judge Mullaly said.

"It is a scenario that creates justifiable fear and anger in the community. The streets of a civilised modern city should be safe for all women."

Goktogan handed himself in to police two weeks after CCTV footage of him following the victim was made public.

He pleaded guilty to a single charge of rape.

His crime left those who knew Goktogan, in particular his wife, utterly bewildered and shattered. His wife, with whom he now shares a baby boy, remains supportive of him.

He was living with his wife and her parents at the time and was on his way home when he raped the woman.

Judge Mullaly said dreadful sexual crimes create fear and undermine proper social values.

"Those, like you, who use force and selfishly put their own perverse sexual gratification above the dignity and bodily integrity of another person will be met with years of imprisonment," he said.

He'll be eligible for parole after five years.

Goktogan will inevitably be deported to Turkey after his release form prison, the court heard.