Nicholas John Crilley: Sadistic Bulimba bank worker jailed over torture

A twisted bank worker who sadistically tortured a 22-year-old woman for 23 days - lighting her on fire and stabbing her with a screwdriver - has been jailed for life. 

Nicholas John Crilley, 34, was sentenced by Queensland District Court Judge Anthony Rafter SC on Friday morning about three years after his arrest.

The former Commonwealth Bank employee and amateur footballer left his young victim permanently disfigured during a 'sadistic' weeks-long imprisonment through June and July 2017. 

'Your brutality ... took her to the edge of death,' Judge Rafter told Crilley, who pleaded guilty to 54 charges, including rape, deprivation of liberty and torture offences. 

To his friends, Nicholas John Crilley, 34, was an amateur football player and bank worker - but court documents unearthed by Daily Mail Australia reveal he had a history of violence against women and was in the sights of Queensland Police over drug-related activities

To his friends, Nicholas John Crilley, 34, was an amateur football player and bank worker - but court documents unearthed by Daily Mail Australia reveal he had a history of violence against women and was in the sights of Queensland Police over drug-related activities

Crilley (right), above at a music festival with friends, went by the 'gangster' nickname 'NJ Crillz' on social media. His lawyer has claimed in court he was delusional and using ice when he tortured his victim

Crilley (right), above at a music festival with friends, went by the 'gangster' nickname 'NJ Crillz' on social media. His lawyer has claimed in court he was delusional and using ice when he tortured his victim

Judge Rafter branded Crilley as 'sadistic' and 'despicable' and said he could not describe him as a 'good human being.'

'For period of 23 days you engaged in systematic acts of degradation and torture ... you took pleasure in the infliction of pain,' he said.

'The victim's life will never be the same. Yet, despite the terrible ordeal she has suffered she displays courage, dignity and reslience.'  

The victim - who cannot be named for legal reasons - was found by paramedics on clinging to life on July 2, 2017.

Her burns were so bad - covering 46 per cent of her body - that police who arrived on the scene thought she had been the victim of an explosion. 

Following his arrest, a court heard Crilley boasted to a friend that he had 'pummeled her so hard... she can't talk anymore'. 

Crilley had told the victim he had planned to 'disfigure her face' and break her jaw. He left her with injuries so bad several wounds were infected with maggots.

Crown Prosecutor Sandra Cupina told his sentencing hearing last week that Crilley had subjected the victim to horror that was 'almost unimaginable.' 

'As (the woman) became more injured, (Crilley) increased the methods he was using to harm her,' Ms Cupina detailed.

'First the boiling water, then the acetone, then setting her on fire.' 

Exclusive: A gutless McDonald's bashing and an ice pipe seized: Nicholas Crilley's criminal record 

Court documents obtained exclusively by Daily Mail Australia revealed Crilley had only recently walked free from prison for a separate gutless assault on a woman at McDonalds in 2014. 

During that incident, he violently grabbed an unidentified woman by the wrist and threw food in her face, court documents said. 

The fight began when Crilley 'made unwanted verbal advances' to the woman - who was with her boyfriend - before he abused the pair and assaulted the victim. 

He was sentenced to 100 hours of community service but was hauled back to court a year later, on September 1, 2015, for failing to finish his service. 

Crilley was jailed for six months, with a non-parole period of two months, but appealed, claiming his imprisonment was 'manifestly excessive'. He never showed up at court to fight it. 

Months later, Queensland

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