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The judge in a child sex assault case being heard in the Northern Territory Supreme Court has told reporters in the courtroom not to use the word “rape” in relation to the case.
The case involves two adult men and three teenage boys who sexually assaulted an 11-year-old boy at Maningrida in Arnhem Land over a period of months last year.
Two of the accused have pleaded guilty to sexual penetration, one through oral penetration and two to fondling the boy.
Justice Trevor Riley told the court the case is not about rape because there is no issue of consent.
He said while the crime of sexual intercourse with a child was very serious it was not rape.
Sentencing submissions were due to be given in court today, but they have been delayed because Aboriginal interpreters have not turned up.
The psychological report has been presented for each of the accused and one of the defence counsel, Greg Smith, said the combination of cannabis, pornographic videos and little to do in the community led to the sexual offences.