A teenager used social media to lure girls and women to his home before raping them, a court has been told. photo / 123rf
Warning: This story discusses rape and may be disturbing.
A teenager used social media to lure girls and women to his home before raping them, a court has been told.
On Friday, an 18-year-old man, who could not be identified for legal reasons, faced two charges of rape and breaching bail conditions at the Adelaide Magistrates Court.
Prosecutors allege that the man contacted his alleged victim through social media platforms and invited her to his home under false circumstances before raping her.
He alleges that the victim was forced to “escape” through the doggy door into the house.
During the man’s application for bail, the court was told that he faced six other allegations “with exactly the same circumstances as on this occasion”, where it is alleged that he had assaulted five different “women”. and girls” on a dating app or Snapchat and arranged to meet them.
Prosecutors told the court the man was on bail during the most recent alleged offense – a condition of his bail was that he must not use social media or any dating apps.
“He already has a bail condition, which is restricting him from using social media apps, and he is defying and violating this condition,” the prosecution said.
“It is the prosecution’s argument that house arrest would be inappropriate, as it would not prevent her from meeting people on dating sites – house arrest would only allow us to track her exits, not people on her premises Not to go
“There is a very serious risk that this defendant will re-offend in the same way, and it is my submission that he poses an unacceptable risk to young people in the community for him to be eligible for any form of bail.
“There is possibly a secondary victim who has yet to be identified and we are concerned that he may have made contact with her.”
The man’s lawyer told the court that all charges were being challenged, but admitted that it was “silly” to use social media when he was forbidden to do so.
“He admits to breaching bail, and he admits that it was foolish of him to breach his bail and download social media,” she said.
“He shall be ready to comply with any other condition of bail that he shall not have any internet access.
“I note that these cases were only reported on May 11, which is yesterday, and I note that the alleged offenses took place in April.
“Considering the manner in which the complainant has described these incidents, we find it strange and unbelievable that this matter was not immediately reported to the police while others were immediately made aware of the alleged rape.”
Magistrate Stephen Metanomski agreed the man posed a danger to the community.
“He has breached his bail through multiple charges of a similar offense and a very serious offence,” he said.
“Women in the community may be at some risk.
“Under all those circumstances, it is my view that bail is inappropriate.”
The man will be back in court in August.
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