EXCLUSIVE: An evil rapist with a long criminal history who subjected his then-girlfriend to a 12-hour horror ordeal of sexual abuse, violence and torture while boasting he could have been a “serial killer” has had an appeal against his 22-year prison sentence dismissed after whinging that it was “manifestly excessive”. Serkan Ozturk reports.
WARNING: Discussion of sexual violence and extreme misogyny.
51-year-old Adam Robert Hall will spend at least the next 15 years in prison after having an appeal dismissed by the NSW Supreme Court this week over the horrific rape and torture of his then-girlfriend two years ago on the state’s Central Coast.
In a unanimous decision on September 10, the Court of Criminal Appeal rejected the evil rapist’s claims that the 20-year-plus sentence handed to him by Judge Tanya Bright in the Gosford District Court in April 2020 was “manifestly excessive”.
In a judgement delivered by Justice Robert Hulme, the Court of Criminal Appeal found the sentence imposed upon Hall was “certainly a stern one” but the “extremely grave” nature of his offences more than warranted the lengthy stint behind bars.
“As the Crown described it in this Court, the ‘offending had at its core the intentional infliction of fear, pain, physical injury and sexual violence designed to frighten, harm, degrade and humiliate the victim and to exercise control and domination over her,'” Justice Hulme said while dismissing Hall’s appeal.
“Bearing in mind the principles set out earlier (including that it is not to the point that this court might have exercised the sentencing discretion differently) I am not persuaded that the sentence was unreasonable or plainly unjust.”
Hall, who was employed as a salesman of solar panels at the time of his arrest, had been sentenced to 22 years’ jail with a non-parole period of 16 years and six months.
Hall had been dating his victim for 14 months and there had been no prior violent incidents between the couple before the sickening attack on February 10, 2019 in a house at Macmasters Beach on the Central Coast where they were “house sitting” at the time.
Hall had originally met the victim on the dating app Plenty of Fish, where Hall had described himself as “alpha male, dominant, polyamorous”.
Many of the details of Hall’s prolonged attack – parts of which he filmed and recorded on his mobile phone – are too distressing to repeat but were signs of “an attitude of power, dominance, belittlement and callousness the applicant then held for the victim”, the court found.
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After an argument began in the late afternoon when Hall got angry because his then-girlfrend wanted to read a book, he then tied her up, threatened to kill her on numerous occasions, raped her for 12 hours, forced her into a number of shockingly degrading and humiliating acts, kicked her down the stairs and also slashed her thigh with a knife.
The victim was of the belief that she would be killed during the ordeal.
Audio recordings of the attack also have Hall boasting about being a possible “serial killer” and reveal his bizarre animosity towards his stepmother who he later admitted to psychiatrists he wanted to rape.
“The last time I snapped, the cunt that made me snap had the common sense to do the right thing and keep his fucking mouth shut,” Hall is captured saying on one of the recordings.
“When my stepmother pushed me to the point where I lost my shit, I fucking lost my shit. Now if it wasn’t for the fear of reprisal that my stepfather thought he would incur.
“What he stopped happening was the uprising of a fucking serial killer.”
It is unclear if NSW Police have begun investigating Hall for possible crimes he may have committed against other women.
Hall had a lengthy criminal history by the time he was an adult, and it could be said he had deep-lying ‘daddy and mummy issues’ brought on by extreme neglect and prolonged abuse during his formative years.
His mother was a sex worker and Hall has never known who his father is.
When he was four-years-old his alcoholic mother formed a five-year relationship with his stepfather, another alcoholic, who was violent towards Hall. The court was also told Hall himself had “a longstanding issue with alcohol going back to his early teens”.
At age 14, Hall then went to live with his stepfather and his new partner – Hall’s stepmother – for whom he developed an intense “sexual fascination” for. As a result of his stepfather’s physical abuse however Hall ran away from home at age 16 and then lived in refuges and on the streets. He began getting in trouble with the law and whilst still a juvenile spent time in Mount Penang Juvenile Justice Centre.
Hall’s offending then continued as an adult between 1988 and 1998.
His charge sheet includes offences of assault in 1989, robbery with striking and wounding in 1992 and in 1998 he was found guilty in Queensland of producing dangerous drugs.
Hall, who has three adult children from a previous marriage, will be eligible for parole in August 2035.
After Hall’s sentencing last year, the victim of his horror attack had remarked:
“I can breathe now knowing my family is safe.”
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