Police say adults witnessed allege rape

By ZOE SATHERLEY

ADULTS may have watched a group of youths allegedly rape a 15-year-old girl at Lennox Head, police said yesterday.

Acting superintendent of the Richmond Local Area police command, Inspector Tony Crandell, said grown-ups and teenagers were believed to have been in the immediate vicinity of the alleged attack and may have been eyewitnesses.

These people had not yet come forward, he said.

Detectives investigating the case said further arrests were 'imminent' and were awaiting on results of DNA tests.

The test results will help confirm the identity of the alleged rapists.

The alleged offence happened at 12.30am on New Year's Day on Seven Mile Beach, opposite the Lake Ainsworth Caravan Park.

Two 17-year-old Northern Rivers youths, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have already been charged with aggravated sexual assault in company.

One of the youths is on conditional bail.

He is not allowed contact with three specific males and is on a strict curfew.

The youth is not allowed to leave the family home between 8pm and 6am.

He is due to appear before Lismore Children's Court on March 8.

The second youth is due to appear in Ballina Children's Court today.

Insp Crandell said hundreds of people were in the area around the Lake Ainsworth beachfront on the night of the alleged attack.

Information which they think may be insignificant could be vital, he said.

Anyone with information should contact Det Snr Const Angela Gargan, of Strike Force Tabali, at Ballina police station on 6681 8699.



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