– To those who guarded him at Barwon Prison, Antonio “Mad Dog” Loguancio was Victoria’s most dangerous man.
To a judge faced by his crimes, his depravity was such that to outline it in a published ruling would be contrary to public morals.
Loguancio has committed far more outrages than he could ever be charged with or that could ever be proved in a court.
Officially, his infamous career, which includes scores of crimes, many violent, dates back to 1991.
It was then that a long-suffering female victim went to police to reveal his depraved appetite for torture and sexual assault.
The attacks he perpetrated on her were too sadistic for the Herald Sun to report or for judges to recite in their sentencing remarks.
They involved shooting arrows at her as she hid in a toilet; bashed her with wood; slashing her with a carving knife; and holding a pump-action shotgun to her head while pulling her by the hair.
During the prosecution, her parent’s house was fire-bombed – an attack detectives believed Loguancio ordered from jail to silence her.
Once, when detectives tried to fingerprint him, he broke his own fingers on the spot so he would have to be taken to hospital.
At 18, a vengeful Loguancio tried to burn down his school after he was expelled.
In 2007, the year he was to be released early on parole, prison sources told the Herald Sun he had committed about 40 vicious assaults on other inmates and prison guards.
One guard observed his unpredictability and his penchant for violence was convinced that one day he would kill.
A police source told the Herald Sun that although Loguancio was low in the jail pecking order, he could not be underestimated.
In one attack, he allegedly bashed a guard in a shower block. But that incident didn’t stop a female officer from becoming close to him.
She let him move in with her after he was paroled for rape. But that arrangement did not last long.
A former police member who had dealings with Loguancio said most of his offences involved weapons.
Judges presiding at the rape trial and subsequent appeal were shocked.
Judge Mervyn Kimm described the attacks as depraved, appalling and quite callous.
Court of Appeal judge Frank Callaway went further: “Some of them were of such a depraved character that a description in a judgement that will go on the internet and may be reported would be contrary to public morals,” he said.
Despite this, Loguancio served only five months more than his minimum term of 8 1/2 years of a 12- year sentence. While in jail he completed engineering and hospitality courses – Mark Buttler & Anthony Dowsley