An action camera was reported to be used to film a gang rape in Sydney.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that during “a routine graffiti operation,” the police found a GoPro camera containing a footage of a sexual assault.
In the footage, it showed “an unconscious or semi-conscious 16 year old” being gang raped by offenders. The incident happened in a party at St. Clair last May.
The police reported that about eight people were present in the room during the assault.
The site mentions that detectives from the Child Abuse Squad were able to conduct an investigation “based on the footage.” Five people have since been arrested.
A 17-year-old boy was arrested and charged “with two counts of aggravated sexual assault in company, attempted aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated indecent assault and resisting police.”
Meanwhile, four men who are in the ages of 22 – 25 were charged with a range of offences which included “filming a person engaged in a private act.”
ABC News reports that “two of the men have had their cases adjourned without applying for bail” while one was instead “represented by his lawyer and did not appear on screen.”
The site also mentions that a 25-year-old was present during the assault and even “encouraged others.”
Peter Yeomans, acting Commander of the NSW Police Force’s Child Abuse Squad and Detective acting superintendent, told 2GB radio that the girl’s drink “could have been spiked,” The Sydney Morning Herald notes.
The superintendent added, “There is one juvenile involved in this but it is predominantly adult males in their mid-20s, and they’re filming a matter like this on a very young girl.”
He pointed out that the girl was “slight-framed” while those who assaulted her were “very large-framed men” who were even married.
Superintendent Yeomans also said that the girl’s “lack of memory” or “fear of any repraisal” could have stopped the girl from reporting the incident.
The police reminded everyone to report any matter of sexual assault to the police so it can be “fully investigated” and victims can be given proper counseling.