Accused Child Rapist Fell Asleep In Court, Now Faces 100 Charges
Anthony Sampieri, the man accused of raping a seven-year-old girl in a Sydney dance studio bathroom, has been slapped with a further two charges of having sexual intercourse with a child under 10.
The 55-year-old now faces a total of 100 charges over the alleged sexual assault of the child -- who was attending the St George Dance Studio in Kogarah -- and the assault of the two men who attempted to save her.
The Sydney man was again refused bail while appearing in court on Thursday, where the 55-year-old appeared to nod off for about two minutes during court proceedings.
Police will allege that Sampieri physically and sexually assaulted the girl in a bathroom next to the dance studio on November 15.
It's alleged Sampieri choked the girl to render her incapable of resisting the sexual assault.
Two other men intervened and attempted to detain the man, leading to a struggle which allegedly left one man with multiple stab wounds.
The 46-year-old has since made a full recovery.
Sampieri spoke only twice during his court appearance, both times in response to the judge, and at times appeared confused. He did not enter a plea.
With a full silver beard and having put on some weight, he looked much healthier than the man arrested back in November.
If convicted, Sampieri faces the chance of becoming the first person in Australia jailed for life for such an offence.
In 2015, the maximum penalty for sexual intercourse with a child under ten increased from 25 years to life imprisonment.
Sampieri is due to return to Central Local Court on May 30.