Judge Paul Conlon sentenced a Sydney man, Anthony Sampieri, 56, to life in prison for the brutal attack and sexual assault of a seven-year-old girl in the bathroom of Kogarah dance studio, in southern Sydney, in November 2018.
The judge said Sampieri showed a “complete lack of empathy for the child” and had a “callous disregard” for her in the attack. He also said the attack will have lifelong consequences for the victim. Judge Paul Conlon did not set a non-parole period, which means the 56-year-old will die in jail. Sampieri, who has liver cancer, has only a 60 per cent chance of surviving the next ﬁve years.
The 56-year-old has pleaded guilty to 10 charges related to the attack including three counts of sexual intercourse with a child under 10. The convicted paedophile apologised for the attack during a hearing in the Court on Friday. His son has apologised for the horriﬁc crime his father committed. The judge said to hero Mr Gilio who tried to stop the attack: “Only due to your selﬂess intervention, the victim, her family, the dance school and community are in deﬁcit to you, for the courage you displayed in detaining the offender.”