Craig Minogue, Peter Komiazyk: Court hears teen was blindfolded before alleged gang rape


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A court has heard the terrifying account of a 19-year-old woman allegedly grabbed off the street by four men as she walked to her boyfriend’s house.

A 19-year-old woman was walking on her way to her boyfriend’s house when she was allegedly abducted off the street and taken to a house to be gang raped, a court has heard.

Craig Minogue and Peter Komiazyk are accused of the brutal crime, appearing in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday.

They are each facing 38 charges including multiple counts of taking a person by force and rape in relation to two alleged attacks in the 1980s.

The two alleged abductions were of a woman from South Yarra on November 22, 1985, and a woman from Nunawading on March 26, 1986.

Now-retired Victoria Police officer Lorraine Rowlings took the statement of the teenager who was allegedly taken in Nunawading in Melbourne’s east.

She told the court a car with four men pulled up about 9.15pm and forced the woman into the car.

The men told the woman “they were the police and she was what they were looking for,” she said.

The woman was “belted” over the face, blindfolded, and put in the car despite her screams, Ms Rowlings told the court.

The teenager told police she was driven to a location 15 minutes away while the men in the car “smoked constantly” before she felt the car go up a steep driveway and come to a stop.

The men held a knife to her chest, police were told.

“She was told to be quiet or she’d be stabbed,” Ms Rowlings told the court.

The woman was taken into a room and put onto a waterbed, where she was raped by “two, possibly three” men, it is alleged.

One of the men seemed to be “in charge of the others”, the alleged victim said.

After they were done the men dropped her off in the Ringwood area, Ms Rowlings said.

They gave her $5.20 for a taxi fare, the court heard.

The woman then immediately went to police.

It would be 34 years before two men would be charged.

The car was silver, with mag wheels, no plates, and no decorative features, and was possibly a Ford Mustang, the woman told police.

The interior of the car was clean with an ashtray in the armrest, she said.

The court has previously heard that DNA from Mr Komiazyk and Mr Minogue as well as a third man linked them to the alleged abduction and gang rape.

Mr Minogue is in jail convicted of murder over the 1986 Russell Street bombing of a police station that killed officer Angela Taylor and injured 22 others.

Mr Komiazyk — who previously went by Peter Reed — was acquitted of offences related to the bombing.

The committal hearing, which is being held to test the strength of the prosecution case against the men, continues on January 27.


The Indian Telegraph
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