Law graduate faces possible prison sentence for Rottnest Island rape

The University of Western Australia law graduate is facing a possible prison sentence for raping a fellow student during post-exam celebrations on Perth’s Rottnest Island.

Luigi Ignace Rayapen, 26, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the then 21-year-old woman, who had allowed him to stay in her shared holiday house after a night of drinking in 2020.

The WA District Court heard the victim, a fellow UWA student, woke to Rayapen rolling her over and groping her, while her friend slept beside them in the bed.

Luigi Ignace Rayapen admitted to the allegations against him. (Nine)

The woman initially intended to be asleep “hoping he’d stop”, but he persisted, ignoring her repeated pleas and attempts to push him off.

The court was told Rayapen squeezed her breast so hard it bruised and bit her on the face while trying to kiss her.

It was only when she grabbed him by the throat that he backed off.

Rayapen is facing a possible prison sentence after pleading guilty. (Nine)

He then refused to leave when her friends confronted him, staying in the bed until morning when he eventually apologised.

Two weeks later, his victim extracted another confession out of him in a taped phone call to use the evidence.

On the morning he was meant to stand trial, Rayapen pleaded guilty to sexual penetration without consent and indecent assault causing bodily harm, on the condition two other charges were dropped.

He will be sentenced in September.

Rayapen had been celebrating the post-exam period on Rottnest Island. (Nine)

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