Two Australian soldiers were put on trial after they raped teenage girls 14 and 15 years old. The incident occurred in September 2020 with service members from a military base located in the vicinity of Darwin’s city, the Daily Mail reports.
It is clarified that the military committed the crime at the age of 19 and 20 under drugs and alcohol. The names of the soldiers were not disclosed.
The youngest of the criminals was released on strict bail. He is charged with 13 offences, including selling drugs and alcohol to minors, possession of unlicensed firearms and sex with children. His 20-year-old co-worker is accused of transferring drugs to a minor and engaging in sexual intercourse without consent. Simultaneously, the man’s lawyer insists on the innocence of the ward: according to him, the girl lied about her age before the incident, saying that she was over 16 years old.
According to the lawyer, it is necessary to understand how drunk the teenager was at the time of the incident and whether he could consent to such a state. However, Judge Tanya Austin insisted that the victim reportedly protested several times. She noted that serious charges had been brought against the soldier. The maximum penalty is 14 years in prison for the supply of illegal drugs, and he may also face up to life imprisonment for sex without consent.
According to Austin, the prosecution insists that the soldier knew that the girl did not give an account of her actions, as she was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. It is clarified that the consideration of these cases will continue in May.
According to the newspaper, there is a third serviceman who has been charged with similar charges.