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Woman imprisoned, raped in Canberra

AAP logoAAP 25/10/2016 Belinda Merhab

An ACT man has admitted imprisoning a woman for more than a week, repeatedly raping her, and forcing her to carve his name into her arm.

The 26-year-old has pleaded guilty to unlawfully confining his victim between February 17 and 25 last year.

He's also pleaded guilty to recklessly inflicting actual bodily harm and four counts of sexual intercourse without consent during that period.

In the ACT Supreme Court on Tuesday, crown prosecutor Sarah McMurray said the man had taken advantage of his victim's naivety, exerting dominance and control over a vulnerable woman.

Making her carve his name into her arm was a demonstration of that dominance, serving as a permanent reminder to the victim of what she had endured, Ms McMurray said.

"The breach of trust has left her ... finding it hard to trust people," the prosecutor told Justice John Burns.

Ms McMurray said the assaults were humiliating and degrading to the victim, calling for a sentence of imprisonment.

But she told the court the man's guilty plea had spared the victim from having to give evidence at an expensive trial which could have required interpreters and witnesses from overseas.

The man will be sentenced on November 9.

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