gang rape convictions overturned - 6th May 2004
The Sydney Morning Herald)
Bilal and Mohammed Skaf have had their convictions
for the gang rape of a teenager in south-western Sydney
in August 2000 overturned and a retrial ordered.
NSW Court of Criminal Appeal overturned the convictions
of Bilal Skaf and his brother Mohammed over the gang
rape of a 16-year-old girl in Gosling Park at Greenacre
on August 12, 2000.
Keith Mason and Justices Brian Sully and James Wood
ordered a retrial for both brothers.
retrials were ordered because two jurors conducted
their own experiments at the park where the alleged
rape occurred after deliberations had begun.
our view there must, regrettably, be a new trial because
of this ground," the judges said.
Skaf was found guilty of gang raping the girl while
Mohammed Skaf, who had known the girl for six months,
had lured her to the park.
Skaf was sentenced to a maximum of 32 years.
Skaf had three other grounds for appeal on his conviction