NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman will personally review the sentencing of a teenager who raped his schoolmate and blamed her for the attack.
The boy’s family appealed against the sentence straight after it was handed down. The victim’s family believed two months behind bars was too lenient, particularly as he had shown no remorse.
“This sentence sends entirely the wrong message,” the girl’s father said.
A spokesman for Speakman said: “A transcript [of the sentencing] has been ordered and the Attorney-General will be reviewing it as soon as possible.”
Last May, the boy – who cannot be named – was found guilty of six counts of sexual intercourse without consent, including three counts of penile penetration. He was also found guilty on one count of choking without permission.
The rape took place at a weekend party over two hours, after others left or had gone to sleep. Before it happened, the girl’s parents had raised concerns about the boy’s behaviour with the school. The victim is considering legal action against the NSW Department of Education.
The Children’s Court magistrate, Louise McManus, sentenced the boy on Thursday to nine months in jail, with a non-parole period of two months. She told the court he has not admitted to the rape, nor shown any contrition.
“In effect, in his evidence he placed responsibility for what occurred that night on her,” McManus said. “In my view, the young person took advantage of [her] both in her state and in her inexperience.
“The penile penetration was both when she was facing the young person, and when she was turned to face away. It was violating and humiliating, and the action showed little regard for her as a person.”