| 26.07,18. 04:38 PM |
Former One Nation adviser Sean Black sentenced to five years' jail for raping his former wife
Photo: Sean Black was found guilty of rape and assault. (AAP: Darren England)
Former One Nation adviser Sean Black has been sentenced to five years' jail for raping and assaulting his former wife, but his sentence will be suspended after two years and three months.
It marks a stunning fall from grace for Black, who continued to work for One Nation after he was charged.
A jury this month convicted Black on one count of raping his former wife Tanya in a bathroom in 2007, along with two counts of assault for pushing her down stairs and crushing her hand in a door.
Black, who did not give evidence, was acquitted on a separate count of assault.
In sentencing, Judge Glen Cash said it was clear Black was willing to use violence to dominate his relationship.
"The victim of the offences was not only your wife but the mother of your children," Judge Cash said.
"No man has any excuse to treat a woman in this way, as if she is your property for you to control as you see fit."
During sentencing Black did not show any emotion.
Judge Cash said it was concerning that Black had twice assaulted his then wife while she held their infant son in her arms, or the boy was nearby.
He said Black had seen her later in the shower and remarked that she "should change her diet because she bruised easily".
"She responded, 'Perhaps [that] you should stop hitting her'," he said.
"This enraged you."
The judge said Black then "dragged her out by the hair from the shower" and raped her.
"That night … you told her it wasn't rape, because she was your wife," he said.
Black's former wife Tanya waived her legal right to anonymity to speak to the ABC about the traumatising effect of giving evidence in a gruelling cross-examination over three days.
She said the experience triggered panic attacks and vomiting that interrupted her testimony.
Tanya wrote to the Queensland Attorney-General hours before Black's sentencing to back calls call for changes to the way victims give evidence in rape trials.
Hours after the guilty verdict, Tanya told the ABC that her experience of going to trial was that "it tears [victims] apart".
"They're the ones who are put on trial because the defendant — it's not compulsory for them to be cross-examined at any point — they can just sit there and watch," she said.
Black remained as media adviser to senator
Black remained a media adviser to senator Malcolm Roberts for five months after he was charged last year.
One source close to One Nation told the ABC they were "horrified" to discover several months ago that Black continued to work in the party's Brisbane head office and was involved in vetting its candidates.
The ABC also obtained pictures of Black filming former senator Roberts at a rally in Brisbane last month.
Black has been held in custody since the day of his conviction, when he arrived at court holding his baby from a third marriage and with his current wife at his side.