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Foreign office tells Harry Dunn’s family allegations against Dominc Raab are without foundation

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The Foreign Office has told Harry Dunn’s family their claims Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab ‘misused’ or ‘abused’ his power are ‘entirely without foundation’.

Harry’s parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, are seeking a judicial review against the FCO after Anne Sacoolas was granted diplomatic immunity and allowed to leave the UK for her home in the US. 

Mrs Sacoolas, wife of US diplomat Jonathan Sacoolas, was granted diplomatic immunity through her husband’s status after she was involved in the crash that killed the 19-year-old on August 27. 

She left the country, leaving Harry’s family, who live near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire where the crash happened, devastated. 

But now it is understood the FCO plans to fight any judicial review brought against it.  

Harry's parents, Charlotte Charles (left) and Tim Dunn (right with family spokesman Radd Seiger), are seeking a judicial review against the FCO after Anne Sacoolas was granted diplomatic immunity and allowed to leave the UK for her home in the US

Harry's parents, Charlotte Charles (left) and Tim Dunn (right with family spokesman Radd Seiger), are seeking a judicial review against the FCO after Anne Sacoolas was granted diplomatic immunity and allowed to leave the UK for her home in the US

Harry’s parents, Charlotte Charles (left) and Tim Dunn (right with family spokesman Radd Seiger), are seeking a judicial review against the FCO after Anne Sacoolas was granted diplomatic immunity and allowed to leave the UK for her home in the US

Pictured: Harry Dunn, 19

Pictured: Harry Dunn, 19

The Foreign Office has told Harry Dunn's family their claims Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab 'misused' or 'abused' his power are 'entirely without foundation'

The Foreign Office has told Harry Dunn's family their claims Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab 'misused' or 'abused' his power are 'entirely without foundation'

The Foreign Office has told Harry Dunn’s family (19-year-old pictured left) their claims Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (pictured today right) ‘misused’ or ‘abused’ his power are ‘entirely without foundation’ 

It is understood the Government department will ‘oppose and seek costs’ for any appeal brought because the family have ‘not identified any reasonably arguable ground of legal challenge’. 

The legal claim issued by Harry’s family on October 25 was met with strong resistance from the FCO – who said any judicial review would be ‘opposed’ and ‘defended’.

Pictured: Anne Sacoolas

Pictured: Anne Sacoolas

Pictured: Anne Sacoolas 

The 19-year-old’s parents had requested the FCO ‘withdraw the advice’ provided to Northamptonshire Police surrounding the granting of diplomatic immunity Mrs Sacoolas.

The family’s lawyers also offered an alternative request of ‘paying substantive damages’ for breaching the European Convention of Human Rights.

The teenager was killed when his motorbike was involved in a head-on crash with a car outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on August 27. 

The claim against the FCO issued on behalf of Harry’s parents – alleged the granting of diplomatic immunity to Mrs Sacoolas was ‘wrong in law’.

In the FCO’s response, the family were told the allegation was not accepted, and that accusations that Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab had ‘committed misfeasance’ were also entirely without foundation.

Family spokesman, Radd Seiger, said the response from the FCO had been received and they were in the process of digesting it with lawyers.

In the letter, the FCO wrote: ‘It is not accepted that the proposed claim for judicial review articulated on your clients’ behalf in your letter, dated October 25, identifies any reasonably arguable ground of legal challenge.

‘It is not therefore accepted that you have identified any arguable basis on which to suggest that the FCO ought now either ‘to withdraw the advice provided to the police’, or to pay ‘substantive damages for the breach of Articles 2 and 6, ECHR’.

Mrs Sacoolas left the country, leaving Harry's family, who live near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire (pictured) where the crash happened, devastated

Mrs Sacoolas left the country, leaving Harry's family, who live near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire (pictured) where the crash happened, devastated

Mrs Sacoolas left the country, leaving Harry’s family, who live near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire (pictured) where the crash happened, devastated

‘The unparticularised allegation that the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (SSFCA) has misused and/or abused his power and/or has committed misfeasance in public office is entirely without foundation.’

The response continued: ‘As to the alternative ground of challenge based on Articles 2 and 6 ECHR, it is not accepted that you have identified any basis under the ECHR to criticise the SSFCA’s actions.

‘The SSFCA therefore declines to take the action you have invited him to take on behalf of your clients, and would oppose any application for permission to bring a claim for judicial review.

‘We therefore invite you not to pursue the proposed claim. In the event that the claim is issued, it will be defended, the application for permission will be opposed, and the Secretary of State will seek his costs for doing so.’

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Range Rover driver ignores flashing ‘do not cross’ signs at flooded ford

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Warnings are there for a reason – as one Range Rover driver found out when they tried to cross a 3ft-deep ford during a heavy downpour.

Footage shows the black vehicle after it has stopped in several inches of fast-flowing floodwater while ignoring a large flashing sign that reads: ‘Caution. Do not cross’ in Aston, Birmingham last Thursday.

The driver spends a few moments deliberating whether to brave the torrent and aim for the road track on the other side, several yards away. 

This Range Rover driver decides not to heed the warnings of a 'Do not cross' sign at a ford and tries to make it to the other side of a road in Aston, Birmingham - causing their front wheels to become submerged

This Range Rover driver decides not to heed the warnings of a 'Do not cross' sign at a ford and tries to make it to the other side of a road in Aston, Birmingham - causing their front wheels to become submerged

This Range Rover driver decides not to heed the warnings of a ‘Do not cross’ sign at a ford and tries to make it to the other side of a road in Aston, Birmingham – causing their front wheels to become submerged

Moments earlier, the driver engaged in some back and forth - reversing but then edging forwards while trying to make their mind up, last Thursday. The sign, with flashing lights, makes the danger very clear

Moments earlier, the driver engaged in some back and forth - reversing but then edging forwards while trying to make their mind up, last Thursday. The sign, with flashing lights, makes the danger very clear

Moments earlier, the driver engaged in some back and forth – reversing but then edging forwards while trying to make their mind up, last Thursday. The sign, with flashing lights, makes the danger very clear

The unidentified driver finally sees sense and starts to reverse to safety during the heavy downpour

The unidentified driver finally sees sense and starts to reverse to safety during the heavy downpour

The unidentified driver finally sees sense and starts to reverse to safety during the heavy downpour

After having second thoughts, they start to reverse but then brake – before reversing slightly.

The foolhardy driver then changes their mind and moves forward once more but yet again has a change of heart.

In one final moment of madness, they move forward even further, with the front wheels becoming alarmingly submerged. 

Finally, realising the futility of the situation, they reverse to the safety of flood-free road.   

The video comes as more flooding is forecast this week - and the Environment Agency has warned drivers not to drive through floodwater

The video comes as more flooding is forecast this week - and the Environment Agency has warned drivers not to drive through floodwater

The video comes as more flooding is forecast this week – and the Environment Agency has warned drivers not to drive through floodwater

Ford focus: Dangers of crossing areas of deep water

There are more than 2,000 fords in the UK.

They may seem like a simple short-cut – after all there’s a road running through it – but that doesn’t mean the river is always safe to cross.

Depth and flow rate can change particularly quickly after rain.

Most fords don’t have gates or barriers that can be closed to stop you trying to cross when the river’s impassable, so always go the long way round if you’re not sure how deep the water is – and always check your brakes afterwards

 Source: The AA 

The footage comes as the Environment Agency has warned drivers not to drive through floodwater. 

Large parts of the country remain mired in floods as experts warn the chaos could continue until Tuesday.

The Environment Agency has issued 70 flood warnings as of 6.49am on Sunday, meaning flooding is expected and immediate action is required.

The rivers Severn and Avon have burst their banks leaving properties waterlogged in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, while residents in the Midlands and Yorkshire are still battling to clear their homes.

Two inches of rain will fall this week, starting in the West tomorrow with other parts including flood-hit Yorkshire affected from Thursday.

Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: There’s a lot more rain to come, and that’s worrying news for those hit by flooding.

‘After a brief drier interlude, low pressure will take up residence. Flooding concerns continue.’

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Woman, 18, flew 500 miles to lose her virginity to a polyamorous man, 42

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A teenager flew 500 miles to lose her virginity to a polyamorous man and his girlfriend.

Gabrielle Reese, was just 18 when she left her home in Idaho, to fly to Salt Lake City, Utah, in January 2017, in order to meet Jacob Boswell, now 45, and his girlfriend Megan Muirhead, now 29, after finding them on a sugar daddy website. 

The teenager spoke to the couple online for three months before arranging to meet, having warned her own parents, years earlier, that she planned to marry someone older.

After meeting them she moved in just a month later and, now 21, she’s approaching her third anniversary as a happy throuple – a romantic relationship involving three people – with the pair.  

Gabrielle (right with Megan and Jacob)  was just 18 when she decided to leave home

Gabrielle (right with Megan and Jacob)  was just 18 when she decided to leave home

She was heading for her first ever sexual experience with Jacob Boswell (centre) and his girlfriend Megan Muirhead (left)

She was heading for her first ever sexual experience with Jacob Boswell (centre) and his girlfriend Megan Muirhead (left)

Gabrielle Reese (pictured  right) was just 18 when she left her home in Idaho, for Utah for her first ever sexual experience with Jacob Boswell (centre left and right) and his girlfriend Megan Muirhead (pictured left )

Gabrielle (left with Jacob) , who is now 21, spoke to the couple online for three months before arranging their meeting in January 2017

Gabrielle (left with Jacob) , who is now 21, spoke to the couple online for three months before arranging their meeting in January 2017

Gabrielle (left with Jacob) , who is now 21, spoke to the couple online for three months before arranging their meeting in January 2017

Recalling their first encounter, Gabrielle, who is bisexual and said she has always liked ‘older men,’ explained: ‘I did lose my virginity that first weekend. We never really discussed that as the plan, but we were all interested and open to the idea.

‘The whole thing was exciting and new. We all clicked very fast and there was a lot of chemistry – we were all involved that first night. There were definitely positives. Jacob and Megan are both older, while I had no experience.

‘Losing my virginity to a guy and a girl, being bisexual, I got to experience all aspects of my sexuality, too. Girls are soft, delicate and nurturing, while men are more dominant.

‘I’d never thought that much about how I would lose my virginity, but I guess it wasn’t what I predicted. I don’t have any regrets though – we’re still here three years later.’

Gabrielle admits she was a late developer as ‘always liking older guys’ stopped her from forging any childhood romantic relationships with boys her own age.

Gabrielle is now approaching her third anniversary in a happy throuple

Gabrielle is now approaching her third anniversary in a happy throuple

Gabrielle spoke to the couple online for three months before arranging to meet

Gabrielle spoke to the couple online for three months before arranging to meet

The 21-year-old is now approaching her third anniversary in a happy throuple – a romantic relationship involving three people 

Gabrielle (left with Megan) had warned her own parents years earlier that she planned to marry someone their age

Gabrielle (left with Megan) had warned her own parents years earlier that she planned to marry someone their age

Gabrielle (left with Megan) had warned her own parents years earlier that she planned to marry someone their age

So, after turning 18, she joined a sugar daddy website, matching younger women with older men and, in October 2016, found Jacob and Megan – before deciding to fly out and meet them a few days before her 19th birthday.

First, she was honest with her parents Don, 46, who is only a year older than Jacob, and sales associate Kathea, 44.

‘My family knew but they weren’t too happy,’ she said. ‘But I was very, very honest. Growing up, I’d warned my parents I wanted to marry someone their age, but I think they thought I was joking.

‘I’ve always known I liked older guys – and girls too – so when I saw on Jacob’s profile that he had a girlfriend, too, he ticked all the boxes.

Gabrielle (sharing kiss with Megan) joined a sugar daddy website, matching younger women with older men

Gabrielle (sharing kiss with Megan) joined a sugar daddy website, matching younger women with older men

Gabrielle (left with Megan) decided to  fly out and meet Megan and Jacob a few days before her 19th birthday

Gabrielle (left with Megan) decided to  fly out and meet Megan and Jacob a few days before her 19th birthday

After turning 18, Gabrielle joined a sugar daddy website before deciding to fly out and meet Megan (left and right) and Jacob a few days before her 19th birthday

‘But I told my parents I was flying from Idaho to Utah for a first date with a couple I’d only Facetimed once before, so I do understand why they were concerned.’

When she arrived in Utah after her hour-long flight, Gabrielle spent the first day with Jacob, moving on to become a ‘throuple’ that night and the following day.

‘Megan had work, so Jacob and I went to their house and hung out, watching TV and got dinner,’ she said, ‘It was all very normal and that’s what we did when Megan finished work too.

Gabby and Megan sharing a kiss - When she arrived in Utah after her hour-long flight, Gabrielle spent the first day with Jacob, moving on to become a 'throuple' that night and the following day

Gabby and Megan sharing a kiss - When she arrived in Utah after her hour-long flight, Gabrielle spent the first day with Jacob, moving on to become a 'throuple' that night and the following day

Gabby and Megan sharing a kiss – When she arrived in Utah after her hour-long flight, Gabrielle spent the first day with Jacob, moving on to become a ‘throuple’ that night and the following day

‘After spending our first night together Megan told me she loved me and she wanted me to move in – I was like, “Who knows?”

‘That first night I lost my virginity and yeah.. I was nervous about the whole experience – but in a good way. The nerves were definitely worth it.

‘I knew that I wanted to do it. I don’t think I could have had a better experience for my first time – it was so intimate and perfect.’

Returning home to Idaho after her two-night trip, Gabrielle found herself constantly texting the couple and becoming increasingly keen to join them romantically.

Returning home to Idaho after her two-night trip, Gabrielle (pictured)  found herself constantly texting the couple and becoming increasingly keen to join them romantically

Returning home to Idaho after her two-night trip, Gabrielle (pictured)  found herself constantly texting the couple and becoming increasingly keen to join them romantically

Returning home to Idaho after her two-night trip, Gabrielle (pictured)  found herself constantly texting the couple and becoming increasingly keen to join them romantically

‘I asked if they had been serious and they said they were 100 per cent up for me moving in,’ she continued. ‘A month later that’s just what I did.

‘I’d never been in a relationship before, let alone moved states for two people – one of whom was in his 40s and the other a girl!

‘This was my first ever relationship, I was moving in after meeting them once, and being invited straight into a shared bedroom – it was a huge adjustment.

Returning home to Idaho after her two-night trip, Gabrielle (right) found herself constantly texting the couple and becoming increasingly keen to join them romantically

Returning home to Idaho after her two-night trip, Gabrielle (right) found herself constantly texting the couple and becoming increasingly keen to join them romantically

Returning home to Idaho after her two-night trip, Gabrielle (right) found herself constantly texting the couple and becoming increasingly keen to join them romantically

‘It did feel weird at times, but I think anyone’s first relationship does, and at the same time, somehow it just worked.’

While the ‘throuple’ enjoy a healthy love life, Gabrielle is conscious of outsiders ridiculing their relationship and making out it is purely sexual.

‘I’ve never had anyone say anything negative to my face, but you can see it in their faces as soon as they find out,’ she said, ‘People tend to sexualise it and ask a lot of invasive questions that they would not ask anyone else.

Gabby and Megan kissing as Jacob looks on  - the throuple have now been together for three years

Gabby and Megan kissing as Jacob looks on  - the throuple have now been together for three years

Gabby and Megan kissing as Jacob looks on  – the throuple have now been together for three years

‘They ask how it works and whether we are happy – like they have a right to know. But with any relationship there’s problems and the only difference is we have one extra person.

‘An extra person requires extra passion, extra patience and extra compassion – of course we have ups and downs.’

Jealousy is one of the main threats to their three way harmony. ‘There’s definitely been jealously throughout the relationship – it ebbs and flows,’ Gabrielle said. ‘It’s not a feeling I want to have, so it’s something we work on as a triad.

Gabby and Jacob sharing a kiss. They admit that jealousy is one of the main threats to their three way harmony

Gabby and Jacob sharing a kiss. They admit that jealousy is one of the main threats to their three way harmony

Gabby and Jacob sharing a kiss. They admit that jealousy is one of the main threats to their three way harmony

While the 'throuple' enjoy a healthy love life, Gabrielle is conscious of outsiders ridiculing their relationship and making out it is purely sexual

While the 'throuple' enjoy a healthy love life, Gabrielle is conscious of outsiders ridiculing their relationship and making out it is purely sexual

While the ‘throuple’ enjoy a healthy love life, Gabrielle is conscious of outsiders ridiculing their relationship and making out it is purely sexual

‘It’s hard not to get those feelings when the other two are going on a date and you’re not invited, but you learn to accept it and let it flow.

‘Once you come to realise it isn’t all about who likes who more – it’s about timing – it gets easier. I’m totally happy being with Jacob and Megan sexually for the rest of my life – I don’t care about anyone else.’

Looking to the future, Gabrielle is keen at some point to start a family. She said: ‘I know for sure I want to have children down the line. I don’t know where that is in our future but I think we would all love that.

Looking to the future, Gabrielle (middle)  is keen at some point to start a family when she is older

Looking to the future, Gabrielle (middle)  is keen at some point to start a family when she is older

Looking to the future, Gabrielle (middle)  is keen at some point to start a family when she is older

‘Obviously, there’s no legal way for us to all marry but a ceremony would be nice at some point.’

Yet, despite her love for Megan and Jacob, several months ago, Gabrielle decided to move to a small apartment nearby.

‘I needed a bit of independence,’ she said. ‘I was so young when I moved out here that I hadn’t really seen very much of life.

Despite her love for Megan and Jacob, several months ago, Gabrielle decided to move to a small apartment nearby

Despite her love for Megan and Jacob, several months ago, Gabrielle decided to move to a small apartment nearby

Despite her love for Megan and Jacob, several months ago, Gabrielle decided to move to a small apartment nearby

‘But we’re coming up for three years as a triad now and we’re completely solid. My family know how happy I am now and they’ve come to accept our relationship.

‘I think they’re just happy I didn’t get kidnapped or locked in a basement after that first weekend.’

Regarding herself as ‘monogamous with two partners,’ Gabrielle does not rule out opening their triad up to further members in the future.

Jacob is keen to extol the virtues of polyamory - where people enjoy intimate relationships with more than one partner

Jacob is keen to extol the virtues of polyamory - where people enjoy intimate relationships with more than one partner

Jacob is keen to extol the virtues of polyamory – where people enjoy intimate relationships with more than one partner

‘It’s not 100 per cent a closed relationship and if someone ever wants to do that we’ll sit down and discuss it, but it’s definitely not something any of us could, or would, do on a whim,’ she said.

Meanwhile, Jacob is keen to extol the virtues of polyamory – where people enjoy intimate relationships with more than one partner.

He said: ‘Being poly is an amazing emotional challenge and, like everything else difficult, it’s incredibly rewarding when it works out.

Megan, who has been in a relationship with Jacob for 11 years, explained that while the couple experimented with dating other women, Gabby was the first to come into their relationship to form a triad

Megan, who has been in a relationship with Jacob for 11 years, explained that while the couple experimented with dating other women, Gabby was the first to come into their relationship to form a triad

Megan, who has been in a relationship with Jacob for 11 years, explained that while the couple experimented with dating other women, Gabby was the first to come into their relationship to form a triad

‘You’ve just got to keep working on this incredible, beautiful ride. I definitely get more of a reaction from people about the age gap than being poly, though.

‘When people hear I have two girlfriends they always go, “Well done,” but when they hear about the age gap they imply it’s not okay, as if I am cradle snatching.

‘It’s very demeaning, as Gabrielle is smart, brilliant and intelligent – she doesn’t need saving. Give her some credit, please. 

‘It’s not been as direct as saying, “You’re a monster.” It’s more subtle, like, why would someone my age want to date someone Gabrielle’s age. It’s simple – she’s hot!’

Regarding herself as 'monogamous with two partners,' Gabrielle does not rule out opening their triad up to further members in the future

Regarding herself as 'monogamous with two partners,' Gabrielle does not rule out opening their triad up to further members in the future

Regarding herself as ‘monogamous with two partners,’ Gabrielle does not rule out opening their triad up to further members in the future

Megan, who has been in a relationship with Jacob for 11 years, explained that while the couple experimented with dating other women, Gabby was the first to come into their relationship to form a triad.

She said: ‘I don’t share our relationship status with that many people so I can’t speak for what other people think about us all too much.

‘Jacob and I are almost 15 years apart but people don’t have an issue with the age or the polyamory separately – they seem shocked by the whole package.

‘Although I didn’t lose my virginity to Jacob I guess you could say in a way I we all lost our throuple virginity together!’

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Woman who was raped by the Skaf gang reveals the reason she’s bravely speaking out 20 years later

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A woman who was called an ‘Aussie pig’ and begged to be killed as she was pack raped by the Skaf gang has bravely spoken out about the attack two decades later – revealing she wants to let her terminally ill mother know ‘it’s not her fault’.

Jessica said she was gang raped in the months before Bilal Skaf went on a 20-day rampage across Sydney ahead of the 2000 Olympics. 

Speaking to A Current Affair 20 years after the horrific attack, Jessica said she was 16 when she was locked into a public bathroom at Punchbowl Park, in the city’s south-west. 

The now 36-year-old said she decided to share her story after her mother was told she didn’t have long to live earlier this year.

‘I think I just want to be able to say, like, out loud that, you know, it wasn’t her fault,’ Jessica said.  

Jessica was living in a hostel at the time, and became friends with a girl who invited her to spend time with two male companions. 

The girls were picked up from Hurstville Station and after driving around the area for two hours they were taken to the park and into a change-room. 

Jessica’s friend left the teenager alone with Bilal – who she knew as Ali – and he asked if she wanted to have sex, to which she responded ‘no’. 

‘And he stood in front of the door and said, ”No, you can’t go”,’ she said. 

‘He locked me in, and he wasn’t speaking English, but I knew something really bad’s about to happen.

‘Within ten minutes I heard another car turn up. And I was petrified by now. I knew I needed to get out of here.’ 

Jessica (pictured) said she was gang-raped in the months before Bilal Skaf went on a 20-day rampage across Sydney ahead of the 2000 Olympics

Jessica (pictured) said she was gang-raped in the months before Bilal Skaf went on a 20-day rampage across Sydney ahead of the 2000 Olympics

Jessica (pictured) said she was gang-raped in the months before Bilal Skaf went on a 20-day rampage across Sydney ahead of the 2000 Olympics

Jessica said she was dragged by the hair into a cubicle where she was repeatedly sexually assaulted. 

‘One guy dragged me by my hair into one of the cubicles and forced me to have oral sex with him,’ she said.

‘And from then on, it was just constant for hours and hours and hours.’ 

The ordeal lasted for about six hours and Jessica believes at least 15 men raped her. 

‘By the end of it, I begged them to kill me,’ she said.  

‘How am I going to live the next 20, 30 years, with this in my head?’  

After the attack, Jessica said she was dropped off a Punchbowl Train Station and she went straight to the police to report what happened. 

‘I remember walking in and [the police] saying, ”Oh, we’ve got another one”,’ Jessica said. 

Bilal Skaf (pictured) was determined as the ringleader of the depraved gang who violated six young women in three pack rapes over 20 days

Bilal Skaf (pictured) was determined as the ringleader of the depraved gang who violated six young women in three pack rapes over 20 days

Mohammed Skaf (pictured) lured a 16-year-old girl to a park in Greenacre in August 2000, where she was gang raped

Mohammed Skaf (pictured) lured a 16-year-old girl to a park in Greenacre in August 2000, where she was gang raped

 Bilal Skaf (left) was determined as the ringleader of the depraved gang who violated six young women in three pack rapes over 20 days. Mohammed Skaf (pictured) lured a 16-year-old girl to a park in Greenacre in August 2000, where she was gang raped

The 36-year-old said she didn’t understand what the police officer meant at the time, until she saw the Skaf’s in the news the year following. 

As a teenager, Jessica wasn’t ready to pursue her matter any further.

She has now re-established connections with police and gained access to the statement she made in the wake of the assaults. 

She thinks she is now ready to take her attackers to court and hopes charges will be laid. 

She said the assault has ‘moulded’ who she is today but she is proud of ‘how far’ she has come since.  

Pack leader Bilal Skaf was sentenced to a record 55 years prison for his crimes by now-retired judge Michael Finnane, who said he believes it is possible there were more victims. 

‘I felt pretty certain they’d done it to others,’ Mr Finnane said.

Jessica (pictured as a teenager) said she was 16 years old when she was locked into a public bathroom at Punchbowl Park, in the city's south-west

Jessica (pictured as a teenager) said she was 16 years old when she was locked into a public bathroom at Punchbowl Park, in the city's south-west

Jessica (pictured as a teenager) said she was 16 years old when she was locked into a public bathroom at Punchbowl Park, in the city’s south-west

But the sentence was later reduced to 28 years following an appeal.

Mr Finnane said: ‘I thought the sentence was warranted. I wouldn’t have imposed it otherwise.’ 

One of the gang’s victims, an 18-year-old woman, was raped 40 times by 14 men over four hours in an attack coordinated by mobile phone. She was then dumped at a train station after being hosed down.

During her ordeal the woman was called an ‘Aussie pig’, told she was going to get it ‘Leb-style’ and asked if ‘Leb c*** tasted better than Aussie c***’.

Many of the rapists have never been identified and police fear there were more victims who did not come forward.

Mohammed Skaf lured a 16-year-old girl to a park in Greenacre in August 2000 after convincing her he would drive her to look at the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Instead, she was met by him and two men she didn’t know, with each of them pressuring her to have sex with them.

Nearly 20 years later, Jessica returns to the park where she was attacked with A Current Affair

Nearly 20 years later, Jessica returns to the park where she was attacked with A Current Affair

Nearly 20 years later, Jessica returns to the park where she was attacked with A Current Affair

When she refused, Mohammed Skaf called his 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.

She eventually broke free and was rescued by a passer-by. 

Mr Finnane compared the Skaf gang’s depravity to outrages committed by invading armies in times of war and said their crimes were ‘worse than murder’.

‘These were not random attacks and, in my view, they were aimed at creating terror in the community,’ Judge Finnane said.

‘It seemed clear to me that these men were sending out a message to the community in Sydney. Skaf and the members of this gang clearly wanted public recognition for what they had done.’

SKAF GANG RAMPAGE: A TIMELINE 

August 10th, 2000: Two teenagers (one 17 and the other 18) were offered drugs. They were taken by car to the gang, who were waiting at Northcote Park in Greenacre.

They were forced to perform sex acts on eight men.  

August 12th, 2000: Mohammed took a 16-year-old friend to his brother and friends. Bilal and another male raped the girl in front of 12 men.

August 30th, 2000: Woman known only as Ms C was raped by Mohamed who told her he was going to ‘f**k her Leb style’.

She was taken to a separate location and raped and assaulted by 14 men for for six hours.

September 4th, 2000: Two girls were attacked at a train station and taken to a home where they were assaulted by three men over a five hour period. 

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