Canberra man Rodney Bloxsome jailed for crime spree involving rape and stabbing


August 15, 2019 15:27:45

A man who was once one of Australia’s most wanted men has been jailed for 11 years for a three-day crime spree in Canberra in which he raped a kidnapped woman, and stabbed a shooting victim.

Key points:

  • Rodney Bloxsome is sentenced over a string of crimes in Canberra
  • Among the offences are kidnapping, raping a woman and stabbing a man
  • Bloxsome is jailed for 11 years and will not be eligible for parole for almost seven years

Earlier this year Rodney Bloxsome, 49, and his co-offender, Damien Featherstone, 30, were found guilty in the ACT Supreme Court of shooting and stabbing a man, and kidnapping a woman.

Featherstone is a well known criminal from the New South Wales Illawarra region, and is thought to have been a leader of a chapter of the extremely violent Brothers4Life gang.

Bloxsome has a long criminal record and in 2011 was placed on Australia’s most wanted list.

The court heard Featherstone came to Canberra in February 2018 to deal drugs, and met up with Bloxsome at a house in Narrabundah where the pair smoked ice together.

When a woman arrived with a group of men, Featherstone urged them to “tool up” so they could rob a gun shop.

But the court was told one of the men refused to be part of the robbery, prompting Featherstone to shoot him in the leg.

Bloxsome then attacked the victim with a knife when he would not stop screaming from the pain of gunshot wound.

Next, Bloxsome and Featherstone kidnapped the woman, tying her hands with cable ties and taking her to a house in Casey where they held a knife to her throat and interrogated her.

They held her for 24 hours, during which time Bloxsome raped her twice, the second time while he was holding a pistol in his hand.

The woman said she feared for her life during the ordeal.

The court heard the pair also carjacked three elderly people outside the Ainslie Football Club before travelling to Fyshwick where they broke into the Military Shop and stole knives.

In sentencing, Justice David Mossop said Bloxsome had 90 previous convictions in New South Wales alone, and that a long history of methamphetamine use contributed to his criminal behaviour.

Justice Mossop told the court that Bloxsome’s criminal behaviour was “reflective of the malign effect methamphetamine has had on his life”.

The judge said that Bloxome’s behaviour in custody had been less than favourable and that he had to be disciplined whilst being held in the Alexander Maconochie Centre.

Justice Mossop sentenced Bloxsome to 11 years and one month in jail, with a non-parole period of 6 years and 11 months.

Featherstone will be sentenced at a later date.







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August 15, 2019 15:24:20

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