Qld man jailed for life over harrowing 3-week torture of woman

A man who raped, drugged and tortured a young woman over a harrowing three-week ordeal has been sentenced to life in jail.

Appearing in the Brisbane District Court via video link from prison, Nicholas John Crilley was convicted on 55 offences, including supplying a dangerous drug, rape, sexual assault, deprivation of liberty and torture.

The 34-year-old bank worker allegedly injured his victim, who was 22 at the time, so severely that she spent eight weeks in hospital learning to eat, speak and walk again.


The court heard that the young woman suffered boiling water and chemical burns to 46 per cent of her body and wounds so severe that they were infected with maggots.

The depraved 23-day assault took place at a unit in Bulimba in 2017, and finally came to an end after Crilley phoned triple zero.

He was then arrested following a wild stolen car chase.

The woman said in her victim impact statement that she has been “disfigured both mentally and physically”.

“It is something I would not wish on my worst enemies,” she said.

Judge Anthony Rafter SC scolded the man’s actions while sentencing him to life behind bars.

“For period of 23 days you engaged in systematic acts of degradation and torture, you took pleasure in the infliction of pain,” he said.

“The victim’s life will never be the same. Yet, despite the terrible ordeal she has suffered she displays courage, dignity and reslience.”