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Joshua James David Slape is a monster.
Plain and simple, an absolute monster.
FIRST KNOWN RAPE
At the age of 19, Josh attacked his first KNOWN adult victim. He raped and indecently assaulted a woman on June 10, 2017, at Josh’s Glenburnie farm, just 9 km from Mount Gambier in South Australia’s South East.
The woman was part of an Equestrian event on Josh’s farm. She had put her children to sleep and was dozing off in her swag when awoken by Slape walking on her swag. He told the woman “not to leave him sexually frustrated”. Instead, he forced her to perform some sexual acts on him and then forced himself upon her. The woman later informed police that she felt “trapped and powerless and couldn’t breathe once he was on top of her,” Being mindful that her 13-year-old son was asleep very close by.
SECOND KNOWN RAPE
On January 7, 2018, the second incident happened at the Kongorong Rodeo, 26 km from Mount Gambier.
The woman, a family friend of Slape’s, was lying in her swag. Slape was all of a sudden on her swag,”
Slape just climbed in once again said, “Don’t leave me sexually frustrated” He pulled down her shorts, Digitally raped her then raped her with his penis.
During forensic tests, Slape’s DNA was found in the underwear and swags of both women.
Slape was arrested and bailed out,
Not too long after, charged again with maintaining an unlawful sexual relationship with a child under the age of 17 and engaging in multiple sexual acts at several towns around the southeast with a 15-year-old girl.
Police once again charged Slape with indecently assaulting the same child three more times over three months, once again in different towns around the South East.
Slape was again arrested. Once again sent to the Mount Gambier jail but released soon after on the strict condition. He was not alone with the 15-year-old girl under any circumstances. Then a couple of weeks later, the pair both attended a birthday party and managed to slip away together away from the other people under the pretence of feeding hay to the horses.
One of the other guests spotted the two together alone and phoned the police.
Slape was immediately arrested and hauled off to the Mt Gambier Jail.
This time the courts refused bail.
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Eventually, police dropped the charges against Slape for maintaining an unlawful sexual relationship with a child. But In January 2022, Slape was found guilty on all rape charges. He is due to be sentenced in February 2022