The woman claimed the man raped her after tying her up and threatened to harm her child unless she submitted to more sex.
An Australian woman has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for killing her alleged rapist, who she claims threatened to assault her daughter unless she had sex with him again. 35-year-old Roxanne Eka Peters stabbed 51-year-old Grant Jason Cassar through his heart using a kitchen knife at her home in Capalaba, near Brisbane, on December 2015. She then tied a rope around his neck and body and dragged the corpse behind her car for about a mile before leaving his body in a ditch.
Roxanne Eka Peters, fatally stabbed Grant Jason Cassar, with a blow to his heart using a kitchen knife then tied a rope around his body, including his neck, and dragged it behind her car for about a kilometre to a ditch. | Via @tendailyau #TenNewshttps://t.co/MpdUZeXzNH— 10 News First (@10NewsFirst) October 29, 2018
According to a report by Daily Mail, Cassar's body was discovered on Degen Road, Capalaba, the next day by a local couple leading to Peters arrest. Upon inspection, the body was found to have over 61 injuries, including 10cm stab wounds on his chest. Investigators also found stab wounds at the base of his penis and his esophagus. Peters claimed Cassar raped her after tying her up and threatened to harm her child unless she submitted to more sex.
The Brisbane Supreme Court heard a similar version of events during Peters' hearing last year when prosecutor David Nardone told the court that Cassar had broken into the woman's home and asked to "do a meth cook-up." However, the 35-year-old, who is also said to be a drug addict, reportedly refused to have sex with him. Unwilling to take no for an answer, Cassar allegedly threatened to assault her young daughter if she didn't comply. The court was told that Peters then ran to the kitchen to grab a knife and repeatedly stabbed him "again and again", screaming "you don't rape me."
Capalaba mother Roxanne Eka Peters, who stabbed a man to death, dragged his body behind her car for almost 2km and dumped him in a roadside ditch, claims she killed him because he raped her https://t.co/aeQyXOcSzd #QLD— The Courier-Mail (@couriermail) October 29, 2018
Justice David Bodice said in Brisbane Supreme Court that Peters had "significant provocation" due to Cassar's rape and humiliation of her, followed by his threats of causing harm to her child. "I accept the stabbing occurred in circumstances when you were enraged by what the deceased had done to you and was threatening to do to you again," he said. However, he stated that Peters should've called for help immediately after the stabbing and it was to her detriment that she had shown no respect for Cassar's human dignity.
Free Roxanne Eka Peters!#FreeRoxanne— XiuXes (@XiuXes) October 30, 2018
Why should a mother raped by a vile criminal who threatened to attack her daughter go to jail? Stop victim blaming.#RoxanneEkaPeters #9newscomau #Australia #Queensland #Brisbane #Selfdefence
"Instead you set about the process of callously disposing of the deceased body. No doubt your rage continued to affect your attitude to him," said Justice Bodice. He added that Peters' upbringing around drug users, where she was subjected to sexual abuse, had aggravated the rage she felt when her alleged rapist came to her house on the day he died. However, Cassar's murder had been devastating on his family, who the Justice said will, "never recover from his death."
Peters was sentenced to 9 years in jail for manslaughter and a further 18 months for pleading guilty to interfering with Cassar's corpse. Since she had already served some time in prison for the crime at the time of her sentencing, she will become eligible for parole as early as June 2020.