She was bruised on her forehead, nose, cheeks, neck and had bleeding in both eyes.
A few days later, the man was charged and a temporary protection order was made against him, stipulating he had no contact with the woman.
He was released on bail two days later and continued to stalk the woman.
He phoned her from the car outside her parents’ house while she was inside, he called her at work pretending to be a client and created an Instagram account under a false name to try to befriend the woman.
He broke into her Port Douglas unit three to four times via a window.
His violence reached a fever pitch on June 14, about three weeks after he was released on bail.
The woman had returned to her unit with two friends after a night out in Port Douglas.
In the early hours of the morning, while the friends were sleeping, the man used a knife to cut the open the kitchen window screen.
He locked the two friends in a spare bedroom before entering his ex-partner’s room where he sat next to her with a knife.
She woke and attempted to fight him off by swinging her arms. He punched her in the side of the face, which knocked her out.
“The swelling and bruising to her eye were such that she was unable to open the eye,” the court judgement read.
While she was unconscious, he removed her clothes and sexually assaulted her before carrying her half-naked to his car.
“He bound her wrists with duct tape. He also wrapped duct tape around her head across her mouth. He put her in the back seat and drove north towards Mossman,” the judgment read.
“He continued to detain her in the car for hours. She made unsuccessful attempts to attract help and to get away.”
He then drove to a secluded dirt track along Tinaroo Creek Road and parked there for hours, threatening to beat her again if she did not have sex with him.
“She refused again but eventually agreed to avoid being hurt further and so that he would take her home,” according to the court judgment.
The man pleaded guilty to one count of rape and three counts of sexual assault, one count of choking in a domestic setting, one count of unlawful stalking with violence, one count of burglary, one count of assault occasioning bodily harm, one count of deprivation of liberty, one count of rape, one count of dangerous operation of a vehicle and 19 further summary offences.
In March last year, he was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
A serious violent offence declaration was made, meaning he has to serve at least 80 per cent of the sentence or nine years and seven months before being eligible for parole.
His appeal was based on the way they judge calculated the 12-year sentence and argued he should have been eligible for parole sooner.
The Court of Appeal disagreed and found the way the sentence was originally calculated was fair.
“That [12 years] is a heavy sentence but it was imposed for extremely serious offending,” Justice David Jackson wrote in his reasons.
“The sentences are not manifestly excessive.”
If you need support, the national sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling service operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 1800 737 732. Telephone 000 in an emergency.
Lydia Lynch is a reporter for the Brisbane Times