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‘Absolutely terrifying’: ‘Mr Stinky’ raped pregnant women, mothers home with kids, court told

The serial rapist dubbed ‘Mr Stinky’ crept into homes with a mask or stocking on his head and attacked his victims at knifepoint, including pregnant women and sleeping mothers, a Melbourne court has heard.

Terrifying” details of Raymond Edmunds‘ crimes were told as he faced the County Court on Wednesday, when he formally pleaded guilty to 10 charges relating to a string of attacks in suburban Melbourne.

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Edmunds is already serving two life sentences for the murders of teenagers Abina Madill and Garry Heywood near Shepparton in 1966.

He turned himself in to police last year over a series of cold-case rapes in the 1970s and 80s.

The court on Wednesday was told Edmunds, 75, broke into the homes of most of his victims at night, threatening them with a knife if they didn’t do what he wished.

He appeared in their doorways wearing a face mask with holes cut out for his eyes and mouth, or assaulted some women while their children were asleep nearby.

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Judge Susan Pullen was left nearly speechless after the sickening details were read in court.

“Can you think of anything worse than this?” she said.

“I’m having difficulty finding words to describe how absolutely terrifying this would be.”

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In one attack, a 31-year-old woman‘s young son and daughter were in their rooms when Edmunds invaded the home wearing a stocking over his head, the court was told.

Before raping the woman, Edmunds told her he just wanted to “make love” and knew her children were in their bedrooms.

The daughter heard the attack and later spoke of her fear, prosecutor Russ Hammill told the court.

“She told (her mother) she had tried to make herself as flat as she could so the accused couldn’t find her,” he said.

The victim said the attack had taken a toll on her daughter, including a fear of being alone.

“Even after she was married she always had to have someone with her and was never alone,” the victim wrote in a statement read to court.

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The crimes include the 1971 rape of a woman at Donvale, two rapes at Edithvale and Wheelers Hill in 1977, false imprisonment of a woman at Greensborough in 1973, indecently assaulting two women at Wheelers Hill in 1976 and 1977, and other attacks.

Defence lawyer Peter Chadwick QC said he had asked Edmunds why he waited so long to tell authorities about the crimes but he “doesn’t have any reason”.

But he thought it was time to bring “peace of mind” to himself and his victims.

Past crimes, life sentences

Edmunds was given the moniker Mr Stinky long ago because of the strong and offensive body odour his previous victims had reported.

He was sentenced to life in prison, “never to be released”, in 1986 for the murder of teenagers Abina Madill and Garry Heywood near Shepparton two decades earlier.

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Edmunds is also serving lengthy sentences for a series of other rapes and attempted rapes between the 1960s and 1980s, leading to him being labelled the Donvale Rapist as well as Mr Stinky.

He is due to be sentenced for the latest charges on September 26.

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