‘Inner West’ rapist finally jailed after 20yrs

A serial rapist who abused women in Sydney in the 2000s has finally been jailed after almost 20 years.

Darren Kennedy, 54, was found guilty of five counts of sexual intercourse without the consent of the offender, as well as several counts of assault with indecent behavior, deprivation of liberty of a person, invasion of a habitation and assault.

He was sentenced to 17 years and four months in prison on Friday for committing gruesome sexual assaults on four unrelated women in the suburbs of Croydon, Bondi, Bexley and Marrickville in late 2003 and 2004. The Daily Telegraph reported.

He was also found guilty of possessing and distributing child abuse material.

During one of these gruesome attacks, a woman awoke to find Kennedy in her bedroom, hiding behind a pillow and shining a flashlight in her face.

He forced her to have oral sex with him.

Another woman was attacked in an alleyway near Bondi Beach, where Kennedy told her to “shut up” before forcing her to perform oral sex on him.

A third victim was attacked in her own garden as she prepared to travel to her son’s wedding.

Kennedy told the victim that it would remain her secret because he did not want to ruin her son’s wedding.

A fourth victim, a 12th grade student, woke up to find him in her bedroom stroking her cheek.

New South Wales Police tried desperately to catch the Inner West rapist, but he evaded police for more than 15 years.

The police even consulted the FBI and investigated 3,000 suspects.

Following advances in family DNA technology, a breakthrough finally occurred in this case.

The police managed to identify a distant relative of Kennedy’s. This relative was registered in the police database and linked to the DNA found at four crime scenes.

Kennedy was arrested in Panania in November 2021.

On Friday, Judge Jennie Girdham SC at Downing Centre District Court described Kennedy’s offence as “cruel” and “dehumanising”.

“His behaviour was completely heartless, it was degrading and it was repetitive,” she said.

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