Simon Milliner turned up to a flat in Sydney's west with a bottle of wine and a plan to rape an 11-year-old girl pimped out by her mother
A paedophile had his jail time slashed this week after he told a court his 'crushing' five year sentence could leave him with a 'sense of hopelessness'.
Simon Milliner, 47, was carrying a bottle of wine when he turned up to the Sydney home of a woman he had been sharing vile sex fantasies with online.
Milliner thought he was attending Sarah's Westmead flat to rape her 11-year-old daughter that Tuesday night about three years ago.
He had sent the woman excited Skype messages for months. 'I have a big bed, we can all stay cuddled up,' one said.
The Leichhardt man even mailed Sarah a sex toy in the post.
But when Millner arrived to knock on the door of a brick apartment on April 5, 2016, he was stunned to find it was New South Wales police officers at the door.
He had no idea he had been speaking to undercover investigators all along, nor that his fingerprints were all over the vibrator he had mailed straight to Strike Force Trawler detectives.
Alarmed, Milliner tried to flee into a neighbouring apartment block, ditched his bottle of wine and later halfheartedly claimed to police that he was there to 'stop' a mother pimping out her child.
That charade is now over. Milliner, an electric plane manufacturer, pleaded guilty to two charges and was sentenced to five years' jail time last year. But in a decision published on Monday, the Court of Criminal Appeal cut that prison time by a year.
Gloved officers take away Simon Milliner from the Westmead unit where he turned up with a bottle of wine and vile fantasies of raping a child
Milliner's lawyers had gone to court to argue his jail sentences for his two charges were 'manifestly excessive'.
Their reasons included that 'he was encouraged to participate in a fantasy website by an undercover operative', that 'no child ever existed', he had no criminal record and suffered PTSD from abuse in his family earlier in life.