A Busselton man who sexually assaulted five victims, including a sleeping teenager whose clothes he cut from her body and a woman he bound, blindfolded and raped after breaking into her home, has been jailed for more than 11 years.
District Court Judge Bruce Goetze described 42-year-old Jason Bradley Pool as a “danger to society” after he pleaded guilty to 16 charges including indecently dealing with children, indecent recording of a child, aggravated burglary, deprivation of liberty and sexual penetration.
Pool committed his crimes between 2005 and last year, with his earliest offences committed against young girls before he escalated to older victims, including a 17-yearold girl whom he sexually assaulted after breaking into her boyfriend’s Busselton home in 2010.
He had used a pair of scissors to cut the teenager’s clothes from her body.
In another incident in September last year, Pool broke into the Pinjarra home of a 37-year-old woman, who was home alone, and crept into her bedroom before he tied her to the bed, blindfolded her and raped her, the court was told.
A victim impact statement revealed the woman thought she was going to die.
State prosecutor Justin Whalley told the court Pool had recorded some of his offending on a mobile phone.
Defence lawyer Simon Watters said his client was remorseful and had empathy for his victims and the impact of the offences on them.
In sentencing Pool to 11 years and nine months, Judge Goetze said his offending had escalated and he had degraded and humiliated his victims and violated not only their bodies, but their integrity.
Pool, whose sentence was backdated to January, will have to serve at least nine years and nine months before he is eligible for parole.
Judge Goetze refused a defence bid to suppress Pool’s identity.