Father defends son charged over alleged gang-rape of teenage girl filmed on GoPro

Tristan Carlyle-Watson, who was allegedly in the room when a group of men raped a teenage girl. Photo: FacebookA week ago Tristan Carlyle-Watson fronted his father and revealed he was likely to be charged following the gang-rape of a teenage girl.

“He was worried when he told me, of course he was,” his father, James, told Fairfax Media on Thursday.

Mr Carlyle-Watson was allegedly one of up to eight men inside a room at a house party in Sydney’s west in May when a teenage girl was pack-raped and filmed.

The “deplorable” ordeal was captured on a 16-minute video, recorded on a GoPro camera.

Police investigating graffiti offences came across the camera by chance and handed it over to the Child Abuse Squad.

On Wednesday, five males, including a 17-year-old, were charged over the sexual assault at a party in St Clair months ago.

Police allege a number of men in the room on the night of May 22 took turns in having sex with the teenage girl, who lost consciousness.

Fairfax Media understands police are looking at the possibility the alleged victim had her drink spiked before the assault.

It is also understood the girl only knew at least one of the men involved in her alleged assault.

Mr Carlyle-Watson, 25, who is charged with concealing a serious indictable offence, applied for bail in Penrith Local Court on Thursday.

The court heard Mr Carlyle-Watson encouraged his other co-accused to engage in the “deplorable” conduct.

“At no stage did he try and help the victim, who was unconscious,” prosecutor Varinder Pawar said.

The other co-accused actually laughed at the alleged victim, Mr Pawar said.

He said the girl sent a text message to Mr Carlyle-Watson after the assault and asked what had happened.

She asked for her property back and sent messages asking “what happened last night” and “who is this Kurt person”, the court heard.

Mr Carlyle-Watson allegedly told her “nothing happened” and that he didn’t want any more communication with her.

Mr Vawar said there was a distinct possibility there was further evidence that may have been disposed of or could be disposed of.

However Mr Carlyle-Watson’s lawyer submitted that was only speculation and his client was not the principal offender.

Magistrate Mark Douglass said Mr Carlyle-Watson’s previous convictions for stalk and intimidate and use a carriage service to harass did not assist him.

They also supported the prosecution’s fear that he could interfere with the witnesses and the alleged victim if on bail, Mr Douglass said.

Mr Carlyle-Watson, who appeared via video link, shook his head as bail was refused.

His father first heard of his son’s arrest after one of his friends called him on Wednesday.

He said his son, who hasn’t been charged with sexually assaulting the girl, wasn’t involved in the actual act.

“My son doesn’t want to do that,” he said.

“He has girlfriends all over the place. The way he gets on with girls … why would he want to go waste his time and do that?”

He said his son and some of the others charged over the assault were friends who had grown up together.

Some of the men are married and another is engaged, it is understood.

Andrew Waters, 23, and  Kurt Stevenson, 25, also had their cases mentioned in Penrith Local Court on Thursday.

Mr Waters and Mr Stevenson, who have been charged with aggravated sexual assault, did not apply for bail and the cases were adjourned to December 10.

Ayden Devereux, 24, who has been charged with aggravated sexual assault and filming a person in a private act without consent, will also stay behind bars after making no application for bail.

A 17-year-old boy, charged with indecent and sexual assault offences, appeared in Parramatta Children’s Court and did not apply for bail.

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