A woman was abducted and gang-raped metres from a house party in Sydney’s north-west in an attack police said was ‘‘as bad as it gets’’.
The 18-year-old woman was sexually and physically assaulted by a carload of five men after leaving the small party in Baulkham Hills on Sunday morning.
The crime reminded police of the horrific gang rapes that made headlines around the country more than a decade ago.
Over two months in mid 2000, at least six young women fell prey to a gang of up to 14 men who terrorised western Sydney, pack raping women and humiliating them with racist taunts and violence.
In total, nine men were convicted, receiving jail terms totalling 240 years.
Then, in late 2001 and in 2002, it was revealed another series of attacks on young women had been perpetrated by four Pakistani brothers, dubbed the K brothers.
The girls, aged 16 and 17, were threatened at knife point and sexually assaulted. When they broke their silence, it was revealed up to 18 women had in fact been raped by the same men. The brothers were sentenced to between 15 and 24 years imprisonment.
Since then, gang rapes had been ‘‘practically non-existent’’, said commander of the sex crimes squad Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec.
The commander said a green sedan stopped next to the woman on Merindah Road at 1am and a passenger asked for directions to a nearby shopping centre. The woman gave directions and kept walking.
When she refused to take the men to the shopping centre, one grabbed her from behind and forced her into the car.
She was allegedly driven to an unknown location nearby and repeatedly sexually assaulted, Superintendent Kerlatec said. She also sustained a number of cuts and bruises leading police to believe her attackers bashed her too. She was dumped on Waterloo Avenue, Castle Hill.
‘‘This is an immensely traumatic experience for anyone,’’ Superintendent Kerlatec said. ‘‘I don’t think it gets more serious.’’
Police are appealing for anyone who saw the green sedan outside the party on Saturday night to contact them.
The man seated in the front passenger seat has been described as being about 25, of Caucasian appearance, with a chubby build and a beard. He was wearing a red and white flannelette shirt.
Police do not believe the men were at the party or knew their victim.
Superintendent Kerlatec said the house party was a low-key affair and the woman had left on her own.
On Monday, she was receiving counselling and being supported by her family. She was too traumatised to be able to recall more detail, Superintendent Kerlatec said.