Evil rapist who tortured woman for 23 days appealing his seven life sentences

An evil rapist who subjected a woman to 23 days of torture, rape and sexual assault is shockingly appealing the seven life sentences he was given.

Nicholas John Crilley was given the prison sentences after he was found guilty of subjecting a 22-year-old woman in 2017 to the horrific ordeal.

He was convicted in 2020 of a total of 62 offences, including supplying a dangerous drug, sexual assault, grievous bodily harm, 18 counts of rape, and deprivation of liberty and torture.

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The victim also suffered burns to 46% of her body, multiple broken bones and several internal injuries.

Her identity was kept anonymous in order to protect her.

His conviction was one of the longest and toughest handed down by courts in Brisbane, Australia.

But he is now appealing the sentences, and is applying for Legal Aid in order to do so.

The grounds of his appeal have not been made public, and he appeared at Brisbane's Court of Appeal on Thursday to confirm he was going ahead with it.

Judge Debra Mullins, the Court of Appeal President, admitted that Crilley faces a “difficult hurdle” in appealing the conviction, especially as he pleaded guilty to the crimes.

She said: “That's quite a difficult hurdle to overcome. It's not impossible.

“I am sure around prison they do talk about that every now and then somebody succeeds in an appeal against a conviction where there was a guilty plea.

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“But quite frankly there has to be exceptional circumstances.

“You've really got to put your skates on and do something about pushing your application with Legal Aid for the funding.”

However, Crilley hit back, claiming that he has “quite a bit of materiel” to make his argument “stronger”.

He added: “I think I have strong grounds to get funding for it.”

Crilley has been given three months to get his argument, funding and legal representation together before a review is held.

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