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Building manager jailed

05 Jun 2014

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A former Docklands building manager has been sentenced to a minimum of four years jail after pleading guilty to aggravated burglary and intent to rape a resident of the building he managed.

Ross Cartwright, 35, was dismissed from his position as Conder building manager last year, after police arrested and charged him following the August 18 incident.

Melbourne County Court heard Mr Cartwright entered the 22-year-old female student’s apartment using a masterkey at around 8.30am on August 18.

He was wearing a hooded jumper, baseball cap, sunglasses and white gloves and carried a pink necktie, a strip of fabric, a blindfold, condoms, lubricant, sedatives and a Viagra-like medicine.

The woman was sitting at a desk studying when Mr Cartwright appeared behind her and tried to muffle her screams by placing his hand over her mouth.

The women continued to scream and struggle with him and stuck him in the head with a cooking pot as he ran towards the front door. She also bit his finger when he again attempted to place his hand over her mouth.

Judge Claire Quin sentenced Mr Cartwright to six and a half years jail with a minimum of four years, less 276 days already served.

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