In Sydney Court Liberian Boy Refused Bail Over Group Sex Assault

One of the courts in Sydney
One of the courts in Sydney

One of three teenage boys charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in Sydney’s west may be a former child soldier from West Africa.

The 17-year-old Liberian-born boy, who cannot be named, was refused bail at Parramatta Children’s Court on Thursday, more than two months after the girl was allegedly assaulted by a boy she knew and his friends in Mt Druitt.

Documents obtained by AAP show a staff member at a youth care organisation believes the boy, who has no parents in Australia, “was a child soldier of war”.

The 17-year-old boy, who has been kicked out of home by his extended family and now lives with an adult male friend, has been charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault.

Both charges relate to him allegedly having sex with the girl without her consent, while in the company of the other teenage boys.

The documents reveal the boy has been involved with youth care organisations, including for housing, for at least two years and has symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder.

He was denied bail on the basis that he was an unacceptable risk of absconding, endangering a member of the community or interfering with witnesses.

Police have charged another 17-year-old with aggravated sexual assault in company, and another 15-year-old boy with four counts of aggravated sexual intercourse with a person aged 14-16.

The 15-year-old boy will face Parramatta Children’s Court on Friday.

The court papers also reveal that police believe a fourth male was involved in the attack on the girl, who was allegedly held against her will.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.