The alleged rape by a group of kids on a remote Queensland beach of a five-year-old boy has been an “absolute tragedy,” the state police commissioner says.
Police say the incident occurred on July 1 just after 7 pm on a beach at Napranum, a small village on Cape York’s north-west coast.
The alleged offenders are a group of three boys aged between 10 and 13.
“Sadly, yes, we did investigate that,” Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said on Friday.
“It appears to be a group of teenagers – absolute tragedy.”
“We’re working with the community and it shouldn’t happen.
“It’s tragic and we’re working with the victim, the families and the offending children as well.”
None of the alleged offenders has been formally charged.
Police state that they will be “dealt with in compliance with the Juvenile Justice Act”
In Queensland police have several options under the Act to deal with suspected child abusers.
They may issue a warning or refer the child to a Youth Justice Meeting, as well as submit them to be tried in a court system.
Carroll did not state which police avenue were considering in this matter.