Defence claims there was no premeditation but judge says 'it was clear what he had in his mind' Two British backpackers watched yesterday as the man who brutally raped them as they fought for their lives in a country park was jailed for nine-and-a-half years. The pair, who were attacked as they walked to a hostel on Tai Mo Shan in June last year, smiled but showed little emotion as Deputy Judge Peter Line sentenced Muhammad Faryad, 27. Prosecutor Dee Crebbin had earlier outlined the victims' nightmarish ordeal on the darkened path where Faryad confronted them, attacked and threatened them with a knife they tried to use to ward him off, then raped them. They were spared having to testify by the defendant's last-minute guilty plea on Tuesday. But Judge Line refused to give the rapist the usual one-third discount on his sentence for a guilty plea, saying the plea had come too late and had been a 'selfish calculation' after it became clear the two women would testify. The judge also rejected a defence claim that Faryad had not premeditated the rape and had been 'in the wrong place at the wrong time', saying it was quite clear what he had in mind. He adopted a starting point of 12 years' jail and reduced it by a fifth. The two women, a short-haired blonde and a brunette with long curly hair, both now 23, had flown into the city a few days ago. They listened silently as Ms Crebbin told the Court of First Instance how they had planned an eight-month Asian tour, with Hong Kong as the first stop, after meeting at a skydiving club in the UK. At about 9pm on June 13, they alighted from a bus on Route Twisk and began a 45-minute walk to the Sze Lok Yuen Youth Hostel on the slopes of the city's highest mountain. Ten minutes later they were confronted by a Pakistani man, who stepped out of his friend's van on the unlit path and bade them hello with a can of beer in his hand. The women, who detected a strong scent of alcohol on him, did not linger but the man continued to pester them and tailed them for the next 10 minutes before grabbing the breast of one from behind. The other waved a camping knife at him, hoping to scare him off, but he grabbed it, stabbed one woman in the shoulder and pushed them both to the ground. Pointing the knife at one woman's throat, he forced the other to disrobe. 'I will do anything if you let her go,' the woman told him, Ms Crebbin said. The man had raped both of them using the same tactic of threatening the friend. Defence counsel David Khosa said Faryad claimed to have drunk 20 beers that day. 'He did not have the faintest idea that excessive drink would lead him to such deep and serious troubles... He misread the victims' intention when they said they didn't want to talk to him,' Mr Khosa said. He said Faryad wanted to apologise to the victims, had not premeditated the events and was 'in the wrong place at the wrong time'. But Judge Line said that 'from the description of his conduct, it was clear what he had in his mind'. 'Rape in a park is everyone's fear and parents' worst nightmare. The habitual advice 'don't go home alone' did not save the victims here,' he said. Faryad had 'sought to exploit the well-known reluctance of the rape victims in reliving their painful memories' and delayed his plea to wait for DNA test results and to see if the pair would testify. 'It would be an offence to justice and fairness if you were offered a full discount,' he said. Ms Crebbin said later the pair, who flew home last night, had been pleased to see justice done.