'You smiled as you raped me': Brave victim recalls 'vicious' sex attack

A woman viciously raped in the Adelaide parklands has told how her attacker smiled and ignored her screams as she struggled to fight him off.

In a victim impact statement read to the District Court on Wednesday, the woman described NSW man Benjamin Joshua Heldon as a “truly worthless, disgusting excuse for a person”.

Heldon was found guilty earlier this month of two counts of rape over the attack at Victoria Park in December 2013.

The incident occurred as the victim was walking to her boyfriend’s home just before midnight.

The woman said she felt demeaned, degraded and humiliated by the attack, and felt a terror she had never felt before.

Benjamin Joshua Heldon was found guilty earlier this month of two counts of rape over the attack at Victoria Park Source: AAP

“I want you to know how much anger and hatred I have toward you,” she told Heldon in her statement.

“I screamed at you to stop and you smiled.

“You knew exactly what you were doing and you did not care if you hurt me or not.

“You smiled at me as you raped me.”

But the woman also said she was determined not to let her ordeal ruin all she had worked so hard for.

Heldon was linked to the crime by a dreadlock the woman pulled from his head during the incident and was extradited from NSW in December 2016.

In sentencing submissions, prosecutor Emily Telfer said the rape was vicious and accompanied by violence.

Defence counsel said Heldon’s offending was out-of-character and he remained a good candidate for rehabilitation.

Judge Peter Brebner will sentence Heldon later on Wednesday.