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Three men jailed over NSW rape attack filmed with GoPro

When Tristan Carlyle-Watson invited a teenage girl to a house party over Facebook, she asked that he take care of her.

But the vulnerable, intellectually disabled 16-year-old girl would later find herself surrounded by up to eight strange males, with Carlyle-Watson doing nothing to intervene when several of them forced themselves on her.

He would later remark in a Facebook message that bringing the girl to the party was like “throwing a piece of meat to a pack of wolves”, the NSW District Court has heard.

On Friday, Carlyle-Watson was jailed along with convicted rapists Kurt Stevenson, 27 and Andrew Waters, 25, for their varied roles in the gang rape filmed on a GoPro at a NSW party in 2015.

The video of the ordeal was only uncovered when police, investigating a graffiti offence, seized the GoPro with the vision on it.

All three said the girl consented, but a jury last year found them guilty of aggravated sexual assault after a joint trial.

Judge Sharron Norton told the court on Friday Stevenson and Waters both had intercourse with the girl.

She had consumed alcohol and cannabis, and it was the Crown’s case that she was so intoxicated she couldn’t freely consent.

In the video, the victim said she was tired and wanted to sleep, and at one point was so unresponsive that Carlyle-Watson told his mates he thought she was “snoozing”, the judge said.

Judge Norton said that while Carlyle-Watson, now 27, didn’t have intercourse with the girl, he was present in the room for much of the video’s duration and was aware she wasn’t consenting.

He said he would “get this f***ing party started, called the victim a “b****”, and indicated a friend should “have a stab”.

Judge Norton said the victim, who cannot recall the night, was upset and distressed when she later learned of the GoPro footage from police.

The judge jailed Carlyle-Watson on Friday for six years and four months with a non-parole period of four years and nine months for his role in the assaults.

Stevenson was sentenced to a maximum of 13 years with nine years non-parole, while Waters was sentenced to 11 years and six months with a non-parole period of seven years and eight months.

Four other men have previously been sentenced in relation to the assaults.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Yeomans outside court said the case was “absolutely vile” and it was disgraceful what had happened to the the young and vulnerable victim.

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