The prosecutor who helped imprison members of a gang that raped a teenager 40 times has now said that one of the men deserves to be released.
Margaret Cunneen said that convicted rapist Mohammed Skaf should be placed on probation after turning 17 for a crime that the judge described as "worse than murder."
She said it's time for it to come out & # 39; and believed he was a correct candidate for parole, The Daily Telegraph reported.
& # 39; Your time is over. He was 17 years old and he was not too gifted in the department of intellect, without offending him, and he served 17 years, he served half of his life for something he was easily taken in, "he said.
Margaret Cunneen said convicted rapist Mohammed Skaf (pictured) should be placed on probation after turning 17 for a crime that the judge described as "worse than murder"
Margaret Cunneen (pictured) was one of the prosecutors who helped imprison Skaf Gang in 2002
Mohammed Skaf was on probation in January of this year, but was denied after a report filed by the Correctional Services said he had shown no remorse for his crimes.
His brother Bilal Skaf will not be eligible for parole until 2033.
That group, which became known as the Skaf & # 39; gang; after its leader, Bilal Skaf, suffered a 20-day attack in which four young women were raped in three rapes before the 2000 Olympics.
One of the victims, an 18-year-old woman, was raped 40 times by 14 men for four hours in a coordinated attack by mobile phone. Then they threw her into a train station after being washed with a hose.
During her terrible experience, the woman was called "Australian pig", they said she was going to put "Leb-style" and they asked her if "Leb c *** knew better than Aussie c ***".
Many of the rapists have never been identified and the police fear that there are more victims who do not show up.
Mohammed Skaf attracted a 16-year-old girl to a park in Greenacre in August 2000 after convincing her that he would take her to look at the Sydney Harbor Bridge.
Instead, she met him and two men she did not know, with each of them pressing her to have sex with them.
When she refused, Mohammed Skaf called her brother, Bilal, who arrived in a van with 11 other men, who would never be identified.
They dragged her to the middle of the park and ripped off her clothes, before Bilal and one of the men raped her while others laughed at her.
Finally, she freed herself and was rescued by a bystander.
He said the men's actions constituted a criminal conspiracy involving two groups of men, which was carefully coordinated with mobile phones & # 39; (in the photo there are members of the Skaf gang).
Judge Michael Finnane, QC, who oversaw the trial, wrote about the case in his book The Pursuit of Justice and said it was "surprisingly different" from many other rape cases he had seen.
He said that the men's actions constituted a criminal conspiracy "involving two groups of men, which was carefully coordinated with mobile phones."
"When I began to reflect on the facts of this trial, I again wondered what it was that caused Bilal Skaf and the others with him to behave in such a depraved and violent manner against a completely helpless child," he wrote.
"What I still find hard to understand is why this serious criminal conspiracy involving so many young people started, there was no obvious reason, unlike many of the rape cases that I know of.
I believe that my sentences imposed on the members of this gang were justified. None of them showed that fear of criminal proceedings or prison was always in their minds. They made very little attempt to cover their tracks. "
Then, the Labor prime minister, Bob Carr, said that the original sentence of 55 years would send a strong message.
"It was definitely a headline capture, it met the expectations of the community, it sent a powerful message to anyone with violent tendencies in the margins of gang activity that this was very dangerous behavior," he said at the time.
However, other legal experts felt that the sentences were not justified because the rehabilitation was not considered, a claim that Mr. Finanne rejected outright.
It remains to be seen if the prosecutor's probation endorsement will help the case of Mohammed Skaf at his next parole hearing.
Mohammed Skaf's brother, Bilal Skaf (pictured) will not be eligible for parole until 2033