By Narda Gilmore
The British national was arrested over the sexual assault last year in the NSW Snowy Mountains. (Supplied: NSW Police)
A British ski instructor has been jailed for 10 years over the brutal rape of a woman and assault of a man after they left a pub in Jindabyne in the New South Wales Snowy Mountains last year.
- Matthew James Williams attacked the two victims in Jindabyne in July 2018
- The court previously heard Williams only stopped assaulting the woman when a passing car disrupted him
- He also initially denied committing the crime, saying a watch found at the scene had been stolen
Matthew James Williams, 29, pleaded guilty to the attack in April.
The court heard the injuries to the two victims were so serious that police originally believed more than one attacker must have been involved.
CCTV tendered to the court last year showed the pair were walking back to their accommodation late one night in July 2018 when Williams began following them from outside the pub.
When the male victim noticed Williams approaching them, he greeted him and said “how’s it going mate?”.
The man said Williams did not respond, but instead came up behind him and tapped him on the shoulder.
Williams then punched the man in the face and kicked him as he lay on the ground, rendering him unconscious.
He then attacked the woman, punching her in the face several times before sexually assaulting her.
A doctor’s report later showed the woman had serious bruises all over her face and body.
The court heard while the woman was being assaulted the other man regained consciousness and tried to stop Williams, but was knocked to the ground and kicked again.
The attack was only interrupted when a car passed by and Williams fled the scene.
Williams wrote apology letter to victims
Police documents revealed that the day after the attack a co-worker questioned Williams after noticing he looked upset.
“I had a rough, rough night last night,” he told her.
Later that day another co-worker noticed an injury on his hand as he struggled to put on his ski gloves.
He later told his employer it was a skiing injury.
The court heard a watch belonging to Williams was also found at the scene of the crime.
At first he denied having had anything to do with the attack, and claimed the watch had been stolen from him by two men.
But Williams later entered pleas of guilty to charges relating to the attack.
In the NSW District Court at Queanbeyan today Justice Nicole Noman described his attack as cowardly, sustained and particularly violent.
Williams also presented a letter to the court, in which he apologised to both his victims.
Justice Noman jailed Williams for 10 years, with a seven-year non-parole period.