Alleged teen rape victim 'needed surgery'

Margaret Scheikowski
·2-min read

A Sydney man will remain behind bars on charges of raping a cognitively impaired girl whose severe injuries required emergency surgery.

Describing the allegations as "very, very disturbing", Justice Robert Allan Hulme refused Mitchell Pike bail accepting crown concerns that he posed a risk to people in the community.

The 20-year-old is charged with six offences, said to have occurred on November 8, related to a 15-year-old cognitively impaired girl he allegedly met and groomed on Snapchat.

He also faces 26 child sexual abuse material charges involving filming pre-pubescent naked girls online and asking them to pose in sexual ways, between October 25 and November 3 2020.

In refusing bail in the NSW Supreme Court on Thursday, Justice Hulme said Pike was placed on a two-year conditional release order in May for possessing child abuse material.

He was ordered to see a counsellor, a condition which on the surface seemed to be "going well" but in light of the new charges "things were not all they seemed".

Using the social media app, Pike allegedly identified the location of the 15-year-old girl and went to her home where she happened to be alone.

He then allegedly sexually assaulted her in a number of ways before fleeing the scene, the judge said.

Pike was captured on CCTV running from the home to his car, apparently "immediately after the complainant began to bleed profusely".

According to a medical report, the teenager had to undergo emergency surgery for "acute, extensive and deep" genital injuries.

Pike told police he had engaged in consensual sexual activity with the teenager, also saying he didn't know she was under 16.

His lawyer referred to the long delay before the case could go to trial and noted variations and inconsistencies in the complainant's account of what happened.

But the judge said while these could have an adverse effect on her credibility, there could be alternative explanations arising from her age and cognitive impairment as well as being an alleged sexual assault victim

The case returns to Blacktown Local Court on February 25..