A ski instructor who violently raped a girl in the street and attacked her male friend faces up to 25 years in prison. Matthew James Williams, 29, who has pleaded guilty, committed the horrific assault in the middle of last year’s ski season in Jindabyne near the New South Wales, Australia Snowy Mountains. The injuries to his victims were so serious police originally thought more than one attacker was involved, reports news.com.au.
Brit Williams, currently incarcerated in Goulburn maximum security prison, was in Australia on a temporary visa working as a ski-cross and alpine racing teacher at the world famous Blue Cow Perisher Ski Resort at the time of the attacks.
The following day, Williams told fellow instructors who noticed his injured hand from punching the victims that he’d “had a rough, rough night”. His excuse to his supervisor had been he’d banged his wrist while skiing. Later when his smartphone was found at the scene of the crime, he claimed he’d been attacked on his way home by two men.
Before removing his biography from its website, the Perisher resort had described Williams as a “highly experienced and knowledgeable” teacher, who had been working at its snow school since 2014.
“Matt is one of the most versatile members on the team and has proved himself time and time again coaching ski-cross and alpine racing,” the biography read.
Police charged him with aggravated sexual assault, inflicting actual bodily harm with intent to have sexual intercourse with another and possessing a prohibited drug. He was refused bail and remanded in custody.
Williams pleaded guilty to all charges last month. District Court judge Robyn Tupman ordered victim’s impact statements and a psychiatric evaluation of Williams, whose family may travel from the UK to Australia for the hearing.
Under the NSW Crimes Act, a person who has sexual intercourse without consent and intentionally or recklessly inflicts actual bodily harm on the victim or another person nearby incurs a maximum sentence of life or 25 years. Williams will be deported back to the UK after serving his sentence.