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Father gets harsher punishment than daughter's 'rapist' after punching attacker

Posted by on Apr. 1, 2010 at 5:12 PM
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Father gets harsher punishment than daughter's 'rapist' after punching attacker

THE father of a teenage sex assault victim in New South Wales who punched one of his daughter's attackers has been given a longer good behaviour bond than two of her alleged rapists.

The Daily Telegraph reports that under a controversial plea deal that reduced the charges from rape to aggravated indecent assault, two young country footballers were given 18-month bonds for their part in the horrifying attack of the then 15-year-old girl.

They walked free from court. Two other accused are awaiting sentencing.

No one in the case can be identified.

Now 17, the victim has clear memories of a night that will forever haunt her.

"I couldn't move," she said of the horrifying sexual assault by four teenage boys in 2008 after a football awards ceremony in a NSW country town.

"When I started crying, (one of the attackers) said, 'What are you crying for, you sook?', or, 'Why are you crying, you sook?'"

Remarkably, her father is on a two-year bond for common assault after punching one of the accused.

The girl and her father both said they had felt pressured to agree to the plea deal - including an agreed statement of facts very different to the girl's initial police statement.

"They pressured us. They told us . . . they have barristers, they will really barrage you, the chances are you will lose the case," her father said.

"They wore us down to accept the plea. They walked out of that court free as birds."

The 17-year-old's four attackers each pleaded guilty to aggravated indecent assault after prosecutors drew up the statement.

Part of the assault on the then 15-year-old, who was almost passed out drunk, was recorded by video on a mobile phone.

She was unknowingly stripped naked and attacked in a bathroom by two of the teenagers.

The agreed statement focused on how much alcohol the victim had consumed and referred to the attack as "sexual activity".

Yesterday the girl, who had to move from her own town because one of the attackers attended her school, said she was changed by the attack.

"I used to be so happy-go-lucky, I am just so depressed," she said.

Karen Willis from the NSW Rape Crisis Centre said the DPP should appeal against the good behaviour bonds.

Howard Brown from the Victims of Crime Assistance League said plea deals agreed to by the DPP were undermining the justice system.

"If they don't face the charges for what they have done, how do you call it a justice system?"

by on Apr. 1, 2010 at 5:12 PM
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EireLass
by Ruby Member on Apr. 1, 2010 at 7:57 PM

You know if you're gonna get shit, you might as well make it worth it. He should have killed her rapists.

Sweet_Faith
by Silver Member on Apr. 1, 2010 at 7:59 PM

That disgusts me! This is a disgrace!

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