Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Teen Raped During 000 Delay

Ipswich, QLD, AU -- A Homeless teenage girl was raped in the 50 min it took for police to respond to her 000 emergency phone call, a court was told. In the Court of Appeal, a man whose name was suppressed was appealing a 9 year sentence for rape and indecent dealing. The court was told the girl was 14 and living on the streets in Ipswich.

In the early hours of February 24, 2003, she met up with three men and agreed to go night clubbing with them. Latter, she went with the men to motorcycle club premises where they consumed more alcohol before all four left. However, the man and the girl later returned to the club where she fell asleep.

The court was told the girl awoke to find the man performing oral sex on her. She immediately got up grabbed her clothing, went straight to the phone and called police on 000. Police did not arrive for about 50 min during which time the man stopped the girl from leaving, indecently dealt with her and than raped her. It was alleged the man told the girl: "If I am going to jail for this, I might as well finish."

When police arrived, the man claimed the girl had told him she was 16 and that sexual activity had been consensual. He also denied having threatened to hit her with a pool cue. However, the man ultimately pleaded guilty to rape, indecent treatment of a child under 16 and deprivation of liberty. He was sentenced to nine years when he appeared in the District Court in Ipswich in July.

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