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Rapist Who Burned And Tortured Victim Jailed For Life

A Queensland man has been sentenced to life in prison for systematically raping and burning a woman over three weeks of drug-induced violence.

Nicholas John Crilley's vicious attacks left the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, so severely injured, paramedics initially thought she was dead.

The 34-year-old was convicted in the Brisbane District Court of 56 offences after a depraved 23-day assault on the woman in June 2017.

These included supplying a dangerous drug, rape, sexual assault, grievous bodily harm, serious assault, deprivation of liberty and torture.

The woman, who was aged 22 at the time, suffered burns to 46 percent of her body, multiple broken bones, internal injuries and deep lacerations.

Some of her wounds were severely infected and infested with maggots.

Paramedics found the woman "on the brink of death" in a semi-conscious state.

She was placed in an induced coma and spent eight weeks in hospital recovering, which included learning to speak, eat and walk again.

"I have been disfigured both mentally and physically. It is something I would not wish on my worst enemies," she said, reading her victim impact statement.

Crilley was taken into custody following a dramatic police chase involving several stolen cars.

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It ended a month-long methylamphetamine-induced delusional state during which he falsely believed the woman had been part of a drive-by shooting that targeted him.

Judge Anthony Rafter SC said Crilley's brutal acts had taken the woman to the "edge of death".

"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 resilience."

He sentenced Crilley to life in prison.