A Sydney man has been jailed for life for raping a seven-year-old girl

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 A Sydney man will die in jail after raping a seven-year-old girl in the bathroom of a Kogarah dance studio. Judge Paul Conlon told Anthony Sampieri, 56, his crimes were "so grave" they warranted the maximum penalty. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Sampieri pleaded guilty to 10 charges related to the rape. In November 2018, he was on parole and high on ice when he wandered into the dance studio and grabbed the young girl.

The brutal assault in the men's toilet cubicle lasted for 40 minutes. Parents attending a class down the hall searched for the girl and eventually saved her after bashing down the door of the toilet.
The court heard from the notes of a psychiatrist who assessed Sampieri, that claimed he couldn't remember the assault. The convicted paedophile apologised for the attack during a hearing in the NSW District Court on Friday. Sampieri also blamed the "insanity" of his actions on the drug ice.

In sentencing, the judge said the rape was "marked by a complete lack of empathy".

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