Gatecrasher 13, rapes 15-yo girl

POLICE have charged a 13-year-old gatecrasher after he allegedly slashed a 15-year-old girl across the throat before raping her at a Harristown party.

Toowoomba Police Child Protection Investigation Unit detectives arrested the 13-year-old boy at 6pm on Monday and charged him with assault occasioning bodily harm while armed, deprivation of liberty and rape.

Detective Senior Constable Rachel Smith said the 15-year-old victim and her brother were holding a 16th birthday party for a friend at their Harristown home on Saturday night.

Their parents were not home at the time.

Police will allege the 13-year-old boy arrived at the party but was not invited.

Det. Snr Const Smith said the teenager tried to start a fight with a guest and the victim told him to leave.

The boy then produced a weapon, believed to be a knife or a razor blade, and cut the victim twice on the left side of her neck.

The vertical cuts measured about six centimetres in length.

Det. Snr Const Smith said the boy walked away but returned minutes later.

It is claimed he forcibly removed the girl’s clothes, held her against her will in a room, and raped her.

The attack happened about 7pm.

Det. Snr Const Smith said the girl tried to fight off the boy.

“She has a number of injuries to her body in an attempt to stop her attacker,” she said.

“She has scratches, bruising, and swelling.”

The 13-year-old stood crying in the dock when he appeared in the Toowoomba Children’s Court yesterday.

Duty solicitor Phil Stainton told the court his client would not be applying for bail and asked for a committal mention date for all matters.

Prosecutor Sergeant Mike Robinson said police sought a forensic procedure order, DNA samples and a disease test order with regard to the boy.

Mr Stainton said his client consented to the orders but asked that he be allowed to provide mouth swabs and urine samples rather than a blood sample as the boy had a fear of needles.

The boy’s mother and grandmother sat in the back of the closed court during proceedings.

He did not apply for bail.

Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck remanded the boy in custody and adjourned all matters for committal mention in Toowoomba Children’s Court on May 29.

The victim and the offender were not friends but knew each other through acquaintances.

She will undergo counselling.

The defendant does not go to school.



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