Australia: Five-year-old Boy, allegedly gang raped in brutal attack on Queensland beach

A five-year-old boy has allegedly been gang raped by a group of children all about aged under 14 – on a remote beach in an Aboriginal community in Far North Queensland.

Police said the incident had occurred on a beach at Napranum, a remote Indigenous community, just after 7pm on July 1.

The four boys accused of the rape have been taken into custody, while the 800-strong community has banned them from returning to the town.. 

The alleged attack was so violent the five-year-old required emergency medical treatment and was airlifted to Cairns Hospital, some 800km away.  

Community members said the disturbing allegations have torn several families apart and reopened wounds from a shocking sex crime that happened 15 years earlier. 

‘There are big arguments about how this happened,’ one local said.  

‘It is creating big problems in the town. It is not the first time something like this has happened.’

Napranum mayor Janita Motton told The Australian she hadn’t been told about the alleged rape and was disappointed Queensland Police hadn’t informed her.

“I am shocked, I haven’t been told by police, and can’t comment,” Ms Motton said.

None of the boys have been formally charged or put in custody.

The age of criminal responsibility in Queensland is 10 however children between 10 and 14 can only be found guilty if lawyers are able to prove they are mentally aware they knew what they were doing was wrong.

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