A Tasmanian woman has made it her mission to put the man who attacked her behind bars for good.
This week Jacqui Jenkins will hand the Director of Public Prosecutions a petition with almost 50,000 signatures calling on him to be declared a dangerous criminal.
At just 42, Heath Lance Chatters has already served at least 68 jail terms and committed dozens of heinous crimes including abduction, sexual assault and armed robbery.
Last month, he was sentenced in Hobart’s Supreme Court to 10 years after abducting a 25-year-old woman at the petrol station where she was working in 2015 and taking her to a caravan park at knifepoint.
There Chatters raped the woman in a three-hour ordeal in which he threatened to slit her throat and kill her children.
In sentencing Chatters, Justice Brett noted he showed little remorse over his crimes and his high probability of reoffending.
However, with a six-year minimum non-parole period and time already served, Chatters could be free in just four years.
Another of Chatter’s victims, Ms Jenkins, who he attacked and tried to abduct in 2001, told Nine.com.au the man would not be stopped unless he was put behind bars for the rest of his life.
“This is repeated behaviour, there is a pattern to it and he is obviously not going to stop – he is just going to kill somebody.” Ms Jenkins said.
“He has to be kept in jail otherwise we are going to have another Jodi Eaton or Jill Meagher on our hands, absolutely.”
Ms Jenkins wants Chatters to be added to the list of 10 criminals, including Melbourne gangland figure Mark “Chopper” Read, in Tasmania who have been slapped with the dangerous tag.
The label would mean Chatters would be locked up until he could convince a Supreme Court judge that he posed no risk to the community.
Read is the only person in the past 16 years to have successfully had the decision reversed and been released from prison.
Ms Jenkins said she had vivid memories of Chatter’s attack on her, despite it being 17 years ago.
It was broad daylight and the then 23-year-old was walking to the bus stop on her way to work.
Fresh out of jail for three days, Chatters stole a car and, after unsuccessfully trying to snatch a 13-year-old girl, pulled up next to Ms Jenkins.
Chatters jumped out of the car and tried to trick Ms Jenkins into giving her directions, before putting a knife to her throat and demanding she get in the car.
“I fought him. It was about 10 minutes of me struggling on the ground. And no cars stopped. No cars intervened and it was out the front of houses in suburbia,” she told Nine.com.au.
“I can remember the cars that drove past to this day and the look of the people in them. They were embarrassed because they probably thought it was a domestic and they didn’t intervene.
“Here I am being dragged by my hair across the pavement and no-one pulled up.”
Chatters was eventually convicted of attempting to abduct Ms Jenkins through DNA evidence found underneath her fingernails, which matched cells found on a lighter in the stolen car.
Ms Jenkins said she was devastated to hear about Chatter’s latest victim back in 2015 and it had galvanised her into starting the petition.
“It was awful, hearing that he had done that again, considering that he had already had three different previous abductions on his record. A rape and a grievous bodily harm, it was like, what the hell?” Ms Jenkins said.
At one point during Chatters’ latest trial, the Crown indicated it would be making a submission to request Justice Brett have Chatters declared a dangerous criminal.
But the Crown prosecutor later informed the court it would not be making the request because of psychologist Dr Leila Kavanagh’s assessment of Chatter.
The report found Chatters was indeed likely to reoffend, but there was no guarantee it would be a violent offence.
The report found that Chatters had an antisocial personality disorder that predisposed him to further episodes of reactive aggression. It also noted Chatters had been physically abused by his alcoholic father as a child, and that he began living on the street at 13.