A man who raped and sexually assaulted fellow high school students at parties is asking the Supreme Court to keep his name secret – despite three survivors of his offending taking the brave step of having their name suppression removed.
The young man, who is now 20, was a teenager when he was given a “lucky break” by Judge Claire Ryan and sentenced to 12 months home detention, having earlier pleaded guilty to 10 charges, including rape, unlawful sexual connection with a child, indecent assault and sexual conduct with a child.
The charges relate to offending when he was aged between 14 and 17 and carried out sexual attacks on six young women.
Three of the young man’s survivors have taken the unusual step of waiving their rights to automatic name suppression.
They have previously addressed the court, sharing details of suicide attempts and ruined years following the teenager’s attacks. They support naming the offender.
At his sentencing, one of the young women, Mia Edmonds, told Judge Ryan that naming the teenager would enable other survivors to come forward.
Take away his ability to continue the violence he has been committing… do not let this go on.