Friday 16, December 2016
ABC News: Malcolm Lee, 56, has been sentenced to three years, nine months jail for the attack on the woman, 80, at her home near Lakes Entrance in March. During a home massage, organised as a gift by the victim's daughter, Lee touched, kissed and digitally raped the woman.
He claimed he believed at the time it was consensual and she was enjoying it. Lee pleaded guilty to the charges in August and was today sentenced in the County Court in Morwell. He will be eligible for parole in two years, six months.
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The Age newspaper: Lee, a masseur for 14 years who was registered with the national body, pleaded guilty to rape and sexual assault.
His lawyer this week called for him to be spared jail because of his mistaken belief about consent, his subsequent remorse and previous good character. He had since split from his wife and was ostracised by his family and friends in the Jehovah's Witnesses church.
But Judge Mullaly said jail was the only appropriate penalty for the "brazen" breach of trust, which had had a significant impact on the woman and her daughter.