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Police hunt: Woman describes attackers

The reported location of an assualt on a 30-year old female by five males in Lismore near Dawson Street and the LIsmore Swans amenities block. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
The reported location of an assualt on a 30-year old female by five males in Lismore near Dawson Street and the LIsmore Swans amenities block. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

POLICE have released descriptions of the five indigenous men they are hunting in relation to the sexual assault of a woman in Lismore.

Detective Sergeant Bernadette Ingram said about 1.25am last Friday, a 30-year-old Lismore woman left Mary Gilhooleys hotel on Woodlark St, and began walking home across Gloria Mortimer Oval, near Dawson St.

Det Sgt Ingram said the woman was approached by five men of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander appearance who detained her against her will and sexually assaulted her sometime between 1.30am and 3am.

The attack occurred in the darkness near an amenities block on the oval.

"The young woman was confronted by five males of aboriginal appearance," Det Sgt Ingram said.

"Each of them has something distinctive about them."

Detectives from the State Crime Command are involved in the investigation and the traumatised woman remains in hospital recovering from injuries sustained in the attack.

Det Sgt Ingram said the first man was described as being in his early 20s, 175cm to 180cm tall with a muscular build and short dark afro-style hair.

He was wearing a white shirt and jeans.

The second attacker, who was wearing a black hoodie, had a medium complexion and a chipped tooth.

Det Sgt Ingram said the third man was wearing a diamante earring in each ear and a wrist band on his right arm.

He is about 19 years old, with a light brown complexion and a small, scrawny build.

The fourth man is described as being 19 to 20 years old with very dark skin, short hair that is curly and longer on top.

He was wearing a white shirt, white shorts and white joggers.

Det Sgt Ingram said the fifth man was wearing a distinctive black Adidas tracksuit with white stripes on the legs and arms. He is aged about 23 with short hair.

"Somebody out there will know something and anything you can tell us is going to assist," Det Sgt Ingram said.

Anyone with any information on the attack is urged to phone Lismore police on 6626 0599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Topics:  crime, gang rape, police, sexual assault



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