A THUG who beat, raped and tortured six women he met through Tinder has been jailed.
The judge slammed the “irresponsible” dating app as he caged Aron Goodrem, 30, in New South Wales.
The “evil” Goodrem met several of his victims through Tinder – four of which he has children with.
Goodrem subjected his victims to horrifying abuse including burning one with cigarettes and leaving her with permanent scars, repeatedly smashing another’s head on the ground until she passed out, and threatening on with two machetes.
One victim was dragged out of bed by her hair and up a flight of stairs after she received a text message from a male friend.
The court heard how after he punched her in the of the head, he threatened her with a machete and said “if you disobey me I will slit your throat”.
One woman was so fearful for her life she left her baby behind and fled with just the clothes on her back.
Sydney District Court Judge John told Goodrem during sentencing: “There is little doubt as described by one of the victims in this matter, the behaviour of Mr Goodrem here was evil.
“He made his victims feel like they were in a cage with him, they had no freedom and he maintained control over their lives.”
The judge also slammed Tinder during sentencing.
He said on Monday: “It seems extraordinary that people like Mr Goodrem are just allowed to meet people and perpetrate these crimes through Tinder … and they profit and make money out of it and show no responsibility.”
Judge Pickering also assured the victims that they would never have to worry about Goodrem harassing their kids.
He said: “Mr Goodrem will not be able to interfere with your lives anymore.
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“He will not to be able to interfere with their high school … the only person who will be in a cage for the foreseeable future is not you, it’s Mr Goodrem.”
Goodrem was given a maximum term of 20 years in prison after admitting to more than 20 charges.
That includes seven rape charges and seven common assault charges.
HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
- Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Aid provides a live chat service available. from 10am to noon.
You can also call the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.