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Prosecutors appeal ‘inadequate’ sentence handed to man for Blue Mountains rape

Prosecutors have launched an appeal against the sentence handed to a former Blue Mountains schoolboy who was jailed for a minimum of two months for raping a teenage girl during a “humiliating” two-hour ordeal.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on Thursday confirmed to NCA NewsWire that the sentence, which was last month handed to the man, would be appealed on the grounds that it was “manifestly inadequate”.

The man, who cannot be legally identified, was last month sentenced in the Parramatta Children’s Court to at least two months in jail over the 2019 attack at a house party that occurred while he and his victim were both students at a Blue Mountains school.

He was led away by Corrective Services officers after magistrate Louise McManus sentenced him to spend a maximum of nine months in a youth detention centre.

However, he walked from the courthouse later that afternoon after he was granted bail pending an appeal against his conviction.
Last month, a spokesman for Attorney-General Mark Speakman confirmed he would be reviewing the sentence handed down in the case “as soon as possible”.

“A transcript of the sentencing has been ordered and the Attorney-General will be reviewing the transcript as soon as possible,” the spokesman said.

And prosecutors have now appealed to the District Court against his sentence.

The matter is set to be mentioned in the Parramatta District Court in October.

The man pleaded not guilty, but following a trial earlier this year, he was found guilty of six charges of sexual assault and one count of choking without consent.
He was found not guilty of a further two charges of sexual assault, common assault and choking causing loss of consciousness.

The court was told that there were no parents at the party and the sexual assault occurred after other partygoers had gone to sleep or retired for the night.

The attack occurred on a mattress that had been placed on the loungeroom floor.

Both the man and his victim were 16 at the time.

Ms McManus said the girl was affected by alcohol and consented to some sexual acts; however, she did not consent to others.

During her sentencing, Ms McManus described the sexual assaults as “humiliating” and showing “little regard for her as a person”.

The court was also previously told that the man had shown no contrition or remorse.

Ms McManus described him as having strong prospects of rehabilitation.

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