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Sydney man sentenced over rape posts

AAP logoAAP 29/07/2016 By Rebekah Ison

A man who posted a stream of online abuse towards women, in which he talked about feminists being raped, has suffered more pain then he deserves, a Sydney magistrate has said.

Zane Alchin, 25, became embroiled in a Facebook fight that erupted when his friend Chris Hall posted a woman's Tinder picture and made a joke about it last year.

The woman in the picture, Olivia Melville, had included a lyric by Canadian rapper Drake.

"The type of girl that will suck you dry and then eat some lunch with you," the picture said.

Alchin, who was sentenced to a 12-month good behaviour bond on Friday, commented on the picture in a separate post.

"You know the best thing about raping a feminist? They don't get any action so when you rape them it feels 100 times tighter."

Magistrate William Pierce on Friday described the lyric Ms Melville posted as "somewhat inflammatory" and of a "sexual nature anyway".

He found Alchin, who gave reporters a "rock on" sign as he left court on Friday, had not meant to incite rape in the 55 comments and that he had suffered extra-curial punishment in the form of abuse from around the world.

The court heard people had said they hoped Alchin would be raped and castrated with a dull knife.

"There was a vast overreaction by people (including the complainant) who have caused you to experience a great deal of pain which you did not deserve," Mr Pierce said.

Court documents show complainant Paloma Brierley Newton warned Alchin to stop talking about rape and that he was breaking the law during their exchange.

"What law am I breaking? I'm not the one out of the f***king kitchen," Alchin replied.

"I'd rape you if you were better looking," he also said to the woman.

Defence barrister Sophie Walsh submitted her client had unfairly become the poster boy of trolling and was the subject of international media coverage, some of which was inaccurate.

She said around 20 people were already engaged in the to-and-fro when Alchin, who had drank half a bottle of bourbon, became involved.

In addressing Alchin, Mr Pierce likened engaging in the online sphere to a football game and said the man had gone too far.

"If you're on the football field you consent to a few bumps," he said.

"You don't expect to be king hit with a savage right hook."

Outside court, Ms Brierley Newton said she thought the result was appropriate but questioned some of the magistrate's remarks.

"I hope that the precedent that is set to men is that there is no point in attacking us anymore because we will stand up," she said.

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