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'Pack rape' at Byron Bay beach

The popular Main Beach area of Byron Bay, scene of an alleged sexual assault on an 18-year-old Northern Rivers woman on Friday, March 4. Police investigating the incident are yet to speak to the alleged victim.
The popular Main Beach area of Byron Bay, scene of an alleged sexual assault on an 18-year-old Northern Rivers woman on Friday, March 4. Police investigating the incident are yet to speak to the alleged victim.

POLICE are investigating the alleged pack rape of a young woman at Byron Bay earlier this month.

Tweed/Byron Local Area Command (LAC) police yesterday confirmed they were investigating claims made by the 18-year-old woman that she was sexually assaulted by a group of men.

The incident allegedly occurred on a reserve near Main Beach in the early hours of the morning on Friday, March 4, Tweed/Byron LAC crime manager, Acting Inspector Laurie Moroney said.

He said it was claimed there were multiple offenders involved.

However, the alleged victim is yet to make a formal statement to police, he said.

“An allegation was reported to police that a female was sexually assaulted by a group of males in the Main Beach area,” he said.

“It is still under investigation at this time.”

It is understood the victim was drinking in the Byron Bay town area before the alleged assault.

To protect her privacy, police would only confirm the woman was from the Northern Rivers area.

The woman was taken to the Byron Bay police station by her mother soon after the alleged sexual assault.

She was later admitted to Byron Bay Hospital.

No arrests had been made and descriptions of the alleged offenders were yet to be supplied by the victim, Insp Moroney said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Byron Bay detectives on 6685 9499 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The scene of the alleged assault has a dark history of sex-related crimes.

During Schoolies celebrations in 2009, a 17-year-old girl from Melbourne was sexually assaulted at Main Beach.

An 18-year-old man was arrested a day after and charged over the incident.

A 21-year-old woman was repeatedly raped and beaten in a park and sand dunes at Main Beach in 1994.


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