Alleged Rape Gang Accused Of 'Kill' Talks
TWO teenagers accused of gang rape discussed killing their alleged
victim while being secretly taped in custody, a court heard yesterday.
But while a magistrate was asked to revoke their bail for that very
reason, defence counsel for both youths - aged 13 and 15 at the
time - claimed their clients were just
discussing "hypotheticals" and "joking around".
The two juveniles, who cannot be named, are among eight charged
over the 2002 pack rape of a 17-year-old girl at Hurstville.
While all eight were initially granted bail, the NSW Director
of Public Prosecutions yesterday asked a magistrate to revoke
the bail for five of the young men to protect the alleged victim.
"They specifically make threats against the life of the
complainant," DPP solicitor Katherine Nightingale told Bidura Childrens Court.
"There's substantial fears for the safety of her
ad a co-accused."
She added that the five should be incarcerated
because a number of them had also declared they would flee the country.
The application comes after the police brief of
evidence was served to the DPP two weeks ago.
In it, transcripts of covert listening devices
planted in police cells on the night of their
arrest reveal conversations between the men as
they awaited interviews with detectives.
"In the course of these listening devices, there's
a substantial amount of material which would tend to
suggest their guilt of these offences," Ms
Nightingale told the court.
She said the conversations included admissions by at
least four of the men that they had sexual intercourse
with the alleged victim, while at least another two made
comments about going overseas.
If convicted at trial, the accused could face a maximum
of life in jail.
However, the application was met with strong opposition
from lawyers defending the accused, who said the listening
device material would be inadmissible in a trial.
All said that their clients had not breached their current
bail and had no intention of doing so.
Magistrate Paul Mulroney adjourned the case until tomorrow.
The Daily Telegraph (6-10-2005)