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NINE males who pleaded guilty last month to gang-raping a 10-year-old girl at the Aurukun Aboriginal community on Cape York have escaped a prison term, with the sentencing judge saying the child victim "probably agreed" to have sex with them.
Cairns-based District Court judge Sarah Bradley ordered that the six teenage juveniles not even have a conviction recorded for the 2005 offence, and that they be placed on a 12-month probation order.
Judge Bradley sentenced three men over the age of consent of 16 - aged 17, 18 and 26 - to six months' imprisonment, with the sentence suspended for 12 months.
Originally posted by fooffstarr
The Prime Minister has not commented on it yet but there are calls for him to force a re-trial with a different judge. I hope it happens.
The handling of another indigenous rape case is under investigation in Queensland, as Premier Anna Bligh warned of "radical action" if a review finds fault with the state's justice system.
Ms Bligh says a review of 64 sentences given to sexual offenders on Cape York over the past two years could help determine if the standard of justice is lower in Queensland's indigenous communities.
The review was ordered after nine attackers escaped jail time for the gang rape of a 10-year-old girl in Aurukun in April 2006, sparking nationwide outrage.