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Man punches mentally ill woman in the face on train before sexually assaulting her

By Mason White 6:33 PM March 1, 2015
David Marlin assaulting mentally ill woman 

By: Feng Qian
A man was arrested, charged and convicted of sexual assault after punching a mentally ill woman in the face and sexually assaulting her, prosecutors in Australia said.

David Marlin was sentenced to serve a minimum of nine years in prison for the sexual assault of the 34-year-old woman who suffers from a mental illness.

Police released surveillance video that shows Marlin approaching the woman on a public train near Ingleburn, and extending his hand.

Without looking, the woman stretched out her hand toward him. However, Marlin immediately slugged her in the face and sexually assaulted her.

This was not the first time that Marlin was convicted of assault. He has a criminal history dating back more than 30 years. 10 years ago, he spent three years in prison for rape.

Marlin’s former wife described him as an animal.