Thursday, September 29, 2011

Foreign Tourist, 22, Robbed, Raped in Western Australia

Earvin Jared Hensley Dimer, 18, and Agnes Violet Oliver, 18, appeared in Broome Magistrate's Court earlier today, each charged with three counts of aggravated sexual penetration and one count of aggravated robbery.Broome police [north of Perth] police are searching for two youths accused of robbing and violently gang raping a 22-year-old unidentified foreign female tourist in the town of Kimberly. The two local teenagers were remanded in custody to appear on October 7. Two other youths believed to take part in the attack on the tourist are being sought by police.

COMMENT: Police said the victim, whose nationality was not revealed, was walking home from Murphy’s Bar on Louis Street at around 0200, when she was confronted by four youths near the corner of Anne Street and Tang Street. Oliver allegedly approached the woman and threatened to kill her with a broken bottle unless she handed over her handbag. When the tourist refused, Oliver allegedly punched the victim in the face, fracturing her cheek and causing her nose to bleed, and then pushed her to the ground before one of the gang stole her handbag.

Now, here's the bad part. As if she did not have enough trouble, the victim made a another bad choice when she decided to chase after the four assailants to recover her passport and handbag. When she caught up with them, they repeatedly assaulted and raped her. Fortunately, a passing motorist happened by and took the victim to the Broome Hospital for treatment.

Oliver and Dimer were denied bail by the magistrate out of concern that they might interfere with police efforts to find the other two youths allegedly involved.

As I've said countless times in the past, resistance and chasing after multiple assailants should never be viewed as a first choice. Losing a replaceable purse and passport is one thing, but chasing after a group of assailants only to be gang raped simply is not good risk management.

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