Man appeals rape conviction, admits to torture

TODAY the Australian High Court will hear arguments about why it should grant an appeal to a man jailed for brutally raping and torturing a Mackay woman he met through online dating site RSVP.

The 35-year-old man has admitted he held the woman, 26, hostage at the Yeerongpilly apartment for five days in September, 2011, while he tortured her and did acts intending to maim her such as pouring bleach over her.

But he has always maintained he did not rape the woman.

The torture victim, who had known the man for just three months, had moved to Brisbane after securing a job with a high-profile organisation.

The High Court is hearing special leave applications to determine whether the man has a case for appeal.

If granted, the appeal will be held at a later date. If it refuses his application, he has lost his final avenue for appeal.

The man was sentenced last December to eight years behind bars and declared a serious violent offender, meaning he must serve at least 80% of his sentence before being eligible for parole.

He lost an appeal in the Queensland Court of Appeal when he tried to argue the evidence did not support a rape verdict.