NSW police on an ‘operation targeting graffiti offences’ accidentally stumbled upon a GoPro that allegedly depicts the gang rape of a 16-year-old girl at a party in western Sydney earlier this year.
According to the police report, eight males were allegedly in the room at the time of the assaults, with an unspecified number of them sexually assaulting the girl.
The footage was examined by the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse Squad, who were able to determine that the assaults took place at a party in St Clair in May this year, and identify and speak to the teenage girl.
Yesterday, four men and one teenager were arrested and charged in relation to the assaults. The 17-year-old has been charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault in company, two counts of aggravated indecent assault, one count of attempted aggravated sexual assault, and one count of resisting police. He has been refused bail and will appear at a children’s court today.
Three of the adults – aged 23, 24, and 24 – were charged, among other offences, with five counts of aggravated sexual assault in company between them, while the 25-year-old was charged with concealing a serious indictable offence.
All four were refused bail, and will appear in Mt Druitt and Penrith Local Courts today.
Anyone with information about this incident are being urged to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or using the Crime Stoppers online reporting page (and not Facebook or Twitter). Information will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
They are also encouraging any victim of sexual assault to report the matter to police so the matter can be investigated and victims can be referred to counselling. If you have experienced sexual assault, please call 1800 RESPECT for 24/7 counselling on 1800 737 732.