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Boy, 11, ‘one of worst

accused sex offenders’

Aja Styles
March 25, 2011 – 1:21PM

An 11-year-old boy has faced court over a two-day spree of alleged rapes and sex assaults in Perth’s southern suburbs.

In Perth’s Children’s court today it was claimed that between March 9 and 10, the child raped two women and molested three others, including a woman aged 67.

The boy was the youngest of four boys charged with sexual offences against six women in total, who were aged between 16 and 67.

The boy, who was out on bail, had his bail conditions tightened after the state prosecutor successfully argued he was one of the worst offenders of the group.

In court today he appeared small and nervous sitting next to the older boys, while his mother sat at the back of the room with tears in her eyes.

Two other boys, aged 13 and 14, also faced court today. The 13-year-old was charged with indecently assaulting a woman, three counts of aggravated indecent assault in the company of three others, and two counts of aggravated sexual penetration without consent in the company of three others.

The 14-year-old was charged with indecently assaulting a woman, two counts of indecently assaulting women with three accomplices, sexually penetrating a woman without her consent and sexually penetrating a woman without her consent in the company of three others.

The older boys were remanded in custody to face court again in April via video-link from Rangeview Prison.

A 12-year-old boy, who was also on bail, faced Perth Children’s Court yesterday charged with indecent assault and sexual penetration without consent.

It was alleged in court that the 11-year-old boy stole a $1000 scooter in Murdoch, where a woman was indecently assaulted, and drove to Bull Creek.

In Bull Creek the majority of the pack was allegedly involved in sex attacks on a 16-year-old girl in a fast food shop, a 41-year-old woman walking along South Street, and a 42-year-old woman at a local shopping centre on March 9.

Another 16-year-old girl was also molested at Cockburn Central train station that day.

The 11-year-old was also accused of carrying out aggravated indecent assault on the 67-year-old woman at Rockingham the next day, while in the company of the two older boys.

He was released into the care of his mother and stepfather, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, to attend school and spend the rest of his time at his Warnbro home under a 24-hour curfew.

He was not to go out on his own or with anyone who wasn’t his parent, Children’s Court Magistrate Andree Horrigan told him.

It was also revealed in court that he had come before the juvenile justice team on four other occasions.

His 12-year-old co-accused from Warnbro had never been charged before.

Magistrate Horrigan told the 11-year-old he was only being granted bail due to his age and he had strict conditions not to try and contact any of the women involved in the case or his four co-accused friends.

Outside court the boy’s mother told reporters to “f… off” as she and her son ran from the building shielding his face, but later taunted the television cameras by repeatedly giving them the finger once they were a distance away.

He was not required to enter a plea, but will face court again on April 29.

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