Cam­era found as ev­i­dence


Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Ben McClel­lan and Robbie Pat­ter­son

PO­LICE re­cently raided the Western Syd­ney home of the owner of a GoPro cam­era al­legedly used to film the gang rape of an un­con­scious girl at a party he hosted in May.

The 16-year-old was al­legedly raped by at least four males with the 16-minute or­deal recorded on a GoPro cam­era dur­ing a party.

Po­lice Trans­port Com­mand of­fi­cers al­legedly found the “hideous” footage af­ter search­ing a car near Camp­bell­town sta­tion while in­ves­ti­gat­ing graf­fiti of­fences.

Tristan Car­lyle-Wat­son is ac­cused of “ac­tively en­cour­ag­ing other co-ac­cused”.

It took in­ves­ti­ga­tors months to find the al­leged vic­tim and her al­leged rapists, who were iden­ti­fied by their tat­toos, af­ter she was al­legedly set upon at a St Clair home.

It is al­leged there were as many as eight males in the room, in­clud­ing a teenage boy, and the girl may have had her drink spiked.

The man who owned the GoPro cam­era has not been charged. Child Abuse Squad de­tec­tives charged three men and a 17-year-old with rape last Wed­nes­day, while Mr Car­lyle-Wat­son, who al­legedly laughed at the girl and egged on the al­leged rapists, was charged with con­ceal­ing an in­dictable of­fence.

Two of the men, Ay­den Dev­ereux and Kurt Steven­son, both 24, have young chil­dren, with po­lice say­ing some of the men were mar- ried or en­gaged. Mr Dev­ereux is also charged for film­ing the al­leged rape.

The party was hosted only a few blocks from where Mr Car­lyle-Wat­son and Mr Steven­son live. Neigh­bours said po­lice were at the house on Oc­to­ber 7 with foren­sic of­fi­cers comb­ing the home and the garage for ev­i­dence.

Pen­rith Lo­cal Court heard Mr Car­lyle-Wat­son did noth­ing to help the girl and when she con­tacted him the next day ask­ing what hap­pened, he al­legedly told her “noth­ing hap­pened”.

Court pa­pers stated he failed “with­out rea­son­able ex­cuse” to bring in­for­ma­tion to po­lice.

Po­lice Pros­e­cu­tor Varinder Pawar sub­mit­ted that Mr Car­lyle-Wat­son “ac­tively en­cour­aged his other co-ac­cused in the de­plorable con­duct”.

Mr Car­lyle-Wat­son was charged with con­ceal se­ri­ous in­dictable of­fence and ap­peared in Pen­rith Lo­cal Court last week. Mr Dev­ereux ap­peared in Mt Druitt Court on the same day, while Mr Wa­ters, 23, and Mr Steven­son, ap­peared in Pen­rith Lo­cal Court charged with ag­gra­vated sex­ual as­sault in com­pany. The four will reap­pear next month.

The teenager ar­rested was charged with two counts of ag­gra­vated sex­ual as­sault in com­pany, at­tempted ag­gra­vated sex­ual as­sault, two counts of ag­gra­vated in­de­cent as­sault, and re­sist­ing po­lice. He ap­peared at a chil­dren’s court on Oc­to­ber 15.

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