Schoolgirl, 15, Raped In Public Playground
A SYDNEY suburb is united in outrage after a teenage girl was
raped in broad daylight by four schoolboys - the youngest aged
13 - in a playground just metres from suburban homes.
At least four boys, one just 13 and two in school uniforms,
attacked the 15-year-old girl in a three-hour ordeal at Blacktown
Police arrested four boys - 13, 15, 16, and 17 - after being
alerted by a witness, but all were released without charges as
The girl told police the attack lasted more than three hours
at two parks.
State crime command detectives took control of the case but
refused to reveal details of the attack as they searched a
playset in one of the parks.
The Daily Telegraph has learned the attack began in Gleeson
Trees Reserve, off Flushcombe Rd, some time after 10am.
The attackers then took the girl to the Brewongle Walkway
Park, about 500m away, where she was repeatedly assaulted
near a children's playset.
Police arrested four boys, including two in school uniforms,
after being called to the scene by a witness shortly after 1pm.
The boys - a 13-year-old from Shalvey, two youths from
Blacktown aged 15 and 16, and a 17-year-old from Mt
Druitt - were each questioned at Blacktown police station.
All were released without charge as detectives
appealed for more witnesses to come forward.
The attack sparked outrage from residents. The
300m wide park is flanked by homes and used
frequently by young families and residents.
Father-of-one Jeff McDonald said he arrived home
from work and noticed up to seven teenagers in the
park shortly after midday.
But it was not until police arrived that he learned
of the attack.
"I could see the girl. She looked really upset," Mr
"She was sitting on the ground at the back of a
paddywagon with her head in her hands. She looked
to be crying."
Mary-Anne Anderson, 19, whose home fronts the park,
said: "It's disgusting that this has happened in broad daylight.
"A few girls live near here. I've also got a few
friends with kids who come here so it's a bit freaky."
Neighbours Greg and Susan Fuller, who have three
daughters aged 18, 19 and 22, described the
attack as "absolutely ridiculous".
"I can't believe this has a happened here in
the middle of the day," said Mr Fuller.
Superintendent Helen Begg of the state crime
command said police were appealing for witneses
who may have seen anything suspicious at either
Gleeson Trees Reserve or Brewongle Walkway Park
between 10am and 1pm.
She said police had gathered extensive clues from
the scene, but were yet to interview the victim in
"Police have interviewed the teenage girl. However,
at this time the four male youths have been released
pending further inquiries," a spokesman said...Crime Stoppers-1800 333 000.
The Daily Telegraph (16-9-2005)