– A former aeronautical engineer who meticulously planned the abduction, imprisonment and repeated rape of a woman he chained up in a purpose-built soundproof room at a secluded Gippsland property has pleaded guilty to multiple offences.
Michael Allen Pilgrim, 34, used false identities, restraints and weapons – knives, handcuffs and cable ties – to commit the horrifying crimes on his victim.
Highly intelligent, strongly built and well spoken, Pilgrim spent months researching and readying to snatch the woman who he held hostage over five days last July.
He told her he wanted to hurt her but not kill her: “No, I’m planning on keeping you here and using you,” he said as she sat handcuffed on a mattress, her ankle padlocked to a chain attached to an eye bolt in the floor.
Pilgrim appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court for a contested committal hearing, but pleaded guilty to 15 offences, including four rape charges, false imprisonment, stalking and abduction to detain for sexual penetration.
He was arrested in Sydney on July 20th last year, 10 days after he left his victim outside a hospital in Warragul.
An investigation by the Victoria Police Sexual Crimes Squad found that Pilgrim had been a regular client of the woman, a sex worker, but grew angry with her in February, 2011, after she stopped working and began a committed relationship.
He then created a false identity package, acquired a Taser, tracking devices and disguises, and researched secluded rural properties to rent.
At a house in Drouin, he built a soundproof room with a mattresses within a small bedroom with a large metal eye bolt in the floor.
The woman’s ordeal began on July 5th when Pilgrim, disguised and armed with a Taser, took her from a Frankston house in front of three friends.
The woman told police Pilgrim, holding a gun and knife, drove away in her car and later put zip ties on her legs, shut her in the boot and then after sunset drove her handcuffed into a shed at the Drouin property – Steve Butcher


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