Dance studio child rapist dies in jail
The man behind the sickening and brutal 2018 rape of a seven-year-old girl inside a toilet block next to a Sydney dance studio has died one year after being sentenced to life in prison.
Convicted rapist Anthony Sampieri was being treated for liver cancer at the time of his death.
He died about 8.30pm on Sunday in the Correctional Health Unit Secure Annexe at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Corrective Services NSW confirmed.
The 57-year-old was sentenced to life behind bars in February last year for the 2018 rape of a young girl in a Kogarah dance studio bathroom.
A court was told Sampieri bound, choked, raped and threatened to kill the girl after taking the drug ice. He also filmed some of the callous 40-minute attack on a mobile phone.
He was being transported between Long Bay prison and hospital for treatment leading up to his death.
Sampieri, an ice addict, told a court he wandered into the studio while looking for a place to "shoot up" and pulled the girl into the men's toilets.
The then 56-year-old pleaded guilty to 10 charges relating to the rape, including three counts of having sexual intercourse with a child and seven charges related to sexually explicit and harassing phone calls he made to women in the weeks before the attack.
Parents of fellow dancers at the studios desperately searched for the girl before fighting off Sampieri and smashing down a door to reach her.
Earlier this month a mechanic who was stabbed in the stomach while rescuing the young girl from the sadistic sexual predator received an international bravery award for his heroism.
Nicola "Nick" Gilio was awarded the Stanhope Gold Medal at NSW Parliament House after being selected by the UK-based Royal Humane Society.
It is a prize awarded to just one person each year to honour the bravest act in the commonwealth.
Mr Gilio, one of several worried parents searching for the girl, found her tied up and grabbed her attacker as he ran for the exit.
"Is this what you do?" Mr Gilio said as he rammed Sampieri's head into the wall.
Sampieri became the first man in NSW to be sentenced to life behind bars without parole.
Originally published as Dance studio child rapist dies in jail