A notorious child rapist who punched and bound his young victim in a Sydney dance studio bathroom has blamed his drug addiction for his brutal crimes.
Anthony Sampieri, 55, appeared in Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court on Friday for sentencing after pleading guilty to the brutal rape of a seven-year-old girl in a dance studio public toilet in November 2018.
Sampieri – dubbed the ‘monster of Kogarah’ – was heckled by members of the public as he entered the packed court room.
‘There he is, the little piece of s**t,’ one person said.
Sampieri then took the stand, where told the court he was ‘so sorry’ for what he did.
‘I’ve had a while to think about this…I feel really, really bad for what I’ve done,’ he said.
‘Using crystal meth, I believe that led me to what I did. I’m sorry I let you down by using crystal meth.’
The court was told Sampieri would use ice in public toilets and masturbate as he did not want to do it at his mother’s home, news.com.au reported.
He had notes around his house saying ‘don’t watch hardcore pornography’ and ‘don’t do drugs’, the court was told.
He said ice use and deviant behaviour went ‘hand-in-hand’.
Court documents state the girl had just finished her jazz ballet class when she was attacked by Sampieri.
The girl had been waiting with her mother in the carpark for her sister’s class to finish when she returned to the hall to use the bathroom.
As she entered the female bathroom she was confronted by Sampieri, who had been in the bathroom watching porn for the past hour.
He grabbed her and pushed her into a cubicle but she resisted.
He then punched the seven-year-old in the face before locking the door.
Sampieri threatened her with a knife, tied a cord around her neck and dragged her to the male toilets.
‘She felt like she could not breathe,’ agreed facts state.
Maintaining a grip of the cord, he then subjected her to sexual acts before stuffing toilet paper into her mouth, binding her hands and leaving the bathroom.
Diesel mechanic Nick Gilio was with the girl’s mother when they noticed someone standing in a cubicle in men’s toilet during their frantic search.
Sampieri walked out of the bathroom and was asked if he’d seen the girl.
After telling them he hadn’t, the girl’s mother went into the bathroom to investigate. She was then followed by both men.
Her horrified screams echoed through the building as she was reunited with her daughter.
Mr Gilio grabbed Sampieri, slamming his head into the wall.
After grappling with Sampieri, Mr Gilio suffered large cuts but put the rapist in a headlock before dentist Jeffrey Stack ran in and knocked out Sampieri.
Dance teacher and local dentist, Jeffrey Stack rushed to the bathroom after hearing the screams.
He found Sampieri attempting to free himself from the headlock by biting Mr Gilio.
Mr Stack then punched Sampieri hard in the face, knocking him out.
Mr Gilio told the District Court in November he still had flashbacks of the attack and had become pessimistic about the world due to Sampieri’s actions.
The rapist later told police he’d been ‘so high’ before the attack as a result of using methamphetamine earlier that day.
Police later uncovered the calls he’d been making to women from August 2018.
A chaplain, a 71-year-old community choir treasurer, an 18-year-old ice creamery worker and 20 real estate agents were among the 91 victims of Sampieri’s sexually explicit cold-calls.
Sampieri pleaded guilty to 10 charges related to the attack including three charges of sexual intercourse with a child under 10, which each carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
He also pleaded guilty to seven charges related to sexually explicit and harassing phone calls he made to women in the months before the dance studio attack.
Sampieri was due to be sentenced in December last year, but it was pushed back after he was diagnosed with cancer.
He told the court on Friday he does not believe his advanced liver cancer can be cured.