A man has been sentenced to at least five years for his role in the gang rape of a teenage girl at a party, which they filmed with a GoPro camera.
Ayden Devereux, 26, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual assault. He was behind the camera, and can be heard yelling “one by one we’ll all get a fuck” and “oi, wait in line”.
Judge Chris Hoy labelled him and his friends “predators”, saying that Devereux showed “increasing and ongoing enthusiasm” as he directed the other attackers.
“[He] knew full well it was vile and revolting behaviour being inflicted upon an intoxicated and motionless girl,” said Judge Hoy.
The woman, who cannot be identified, said she was forced to drink a beer which she later believed to be spiked, and didn’t remember anything about the attack until police informed her, six weeks later.
In fact, the attack may have never been discovered if police didn’t find the GoPro containing the footage during a graffiti crackdown.
“But for later events, these vulgar acts committed upon her may never have seen the light of day,” said Judge Hoy.
“The victim was objectified, treated not as a human being but as a receptacle or target.”
Three others – Tristan Carlyle-Watson, Andrew Waters and Kurt Stevenson – were found guilty of multiple accounts of aggravated sexual assault against the 16-year-old in August this year. They’re due to be sentenced in October.
Devereux will be eligible for parole in 2020.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, you can reach out for help by calling 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732.
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