Alfred Gerard Eravelly climbed through the victim’s window in Scarborough in March 1996 then tied her hands behind her back, blindfolded her and repeatedly assaulted her.
He disappeared into the night after the attack and went on to become an AirAsia pilot and lived in Penang with his family.
Eravelly was linked to the crime through an international identification database after he committed two minor sex crimes in Florida in 2000.
Unbeknown to him, police issued a warrant for his arrest, and he was picked up as he passed through Sydney on his way to New Zealand with family last year.
District Court Judge Philip Eaton jailed the pilot today after finding he had shown no remorse and was still in denial.
He said he expected the man’s career had been destroyed as a result of the convictions.
“You have no insight into your offending, or victim empathy,” he said.
The victim, who was aged 38 at the time, sold her house and moved to another suburb in the aftermath of the attack.
During his trial, Eravelly argued he met the woman at a Leederville bar before she became a “willing and creative” participant in a consensual sexual relationship.
He repeated the story to a psychiatrist after he was convicted of burglary, deprivation of liberty, unlawful wounding and five counts of aggravated sexual penetration without consent.
Judge Eaton told the court he had no hesitation in finding Eravelly’s account was fabricated, saying the inescapable conclusion was that his crimes were premeditated.
“You arrived with a knife, a torch, a stocking to conceal your identity and a rope to bind the victim,” he said.
Judge Eaton said Eravelly subjected the intelligent and measured victim to a harrowing experience that she was forced to relive when she gave evidence at his trial.