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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 on Wednesday.
Police arrested four boys - 13, 15, 16, and 17 - after being alerted by a witness, but all were released without charges as investigations continued.
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 McDonald said.
"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 detail.
"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)
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