The Independent Police Conduct Authority today released the report on its investigation into Police handling of the complaints laid in relation to the 'Roast Busters' case. The Authority found that the victims in these cases were let down by the Police and identified a number of deficiencies in investigative practices.
The Authority was concerned that in several of the cases, because officers concluded that there was insufficient evidence to proceed without the cooperation of the young women, they decided that no further action was required. The Authority also found that investigating staff failed to consider all available offences when determining the outcome of their respective investigations, and that there were options to prosecute that weren’t explored, let alone discussed with the victims.
Now that the review has found that there were charges that the police failed to adequately consider, it's time for the police to revisit their decision not to lay any charges.
Importantly, the investigation could be reopened without the victims needing to lodge new or additional complaints as Police policy says that they don't need to have a complaint in order to pursue sexual assault charges.
In October last year, police announced they would not press any charges on the Roast Busters case. This despite 7 alleged victims laying formal complaints and several of the alleged perpetrators boasting about their alleged actions on social media which included sex with intoxicated minors and coercion.
At that time almost 8000 ActionStation members called for a formal investigation into the decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ case. Today that formal investigation has been completed and its findings are clear:
- Police failed to adequately investigate the complaints laid
- Police failed to consider all the charges available to them
- Police failed the victims and survivors of the so-called 'Roast Busters'
Given these findings, we're calling on the police to reconsider their decision not to lay any charges in these cases.
Police commissioner Mike Bush has said he accepts the findings of the IPCA report, and that the police let down the young women at the centre of the allegations, so we are calling on him to revisit the decision not to lay any charges in this case.
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