Man posed as painter and assaulted woman in home

IN A shameful ploy of deceit, Brenton James Reilly claimed to be a painter to gain access to an apartment where he sexually assaulted a young woman.

The victim, who was in the process of moving into her new home, heard a knock on the door on November 26, 2013.

Reilly had seen her moving boxes as he was driving past her Kin Kora apartment complex.

He told his victim he had unfinished painting work to complete in her home.

When she turned her back to continue unpacking, Reilly approached her from behind, placed his hand on her upper thigh and moaned in her ear "that feels nice".

When she turned around in horror, Reilly attempted to push her shoulders to force her backwards, to which she responded by pushing back.

She demanded he leave her apartment, to which he complied.

Reilly's victim then called police, who attended the apartment and took fingerprints.

It would not be until nine weeks later, when the victim saw her attacker driving a vehicle near the Stockland shopping centre, that she would have enough information to identify him.

After taking a photo of the car's registration number, police were able to track down the defendant, whose fingerprints matched those present in the apartment.

The woman also positively identified Reilly in a police photo board.

Reilly was promptly arrested and charged with one count of burglary and another charge of sexual assault.

The woman submitted a victim impact statement to Gladstone District Court during the sentencing this week, calling Reilly a "sick and twisted human".

The victim said she remained fearful of the possibility of a similar encounter, the initial incident leaving her physically shaken and emotionally upset, according to police observation.

Judge Michael Burnett sentenced Reilly to two years imprisonment, wholly suspended, and an additional three years of probation.

"Plainly you had no business to be there," he said.

"This is a serious violation of the rights and liberty of the complainant.

"Women have the right to rest comfortably in their own homes."

Reilly, along with his mother, cried in the courtroom as he was addressed by Judge Burnett.

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