Ayden Devereux jailed for filming gang rape of intellectually impaired teenager

A man who filmed the “revolting” gang rape of a semi-conscious, intellectually impaired 16-year-old girl has been sentenced to at least five years in prison.
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Ayden Devereux, 26, was at a house party at St Clair in Sydney’s west on May 22, 2015, when a young girl arrived with a man she had met a few days before.

A court heard the teenager was nervous and felt awkward before going to the party, because she didn’t know anyone there.

The girl, who cannot be named, was plied with alcohol and cannabis then taken to a small bedroom and stripped naked once she was intoxicated.

Five men stood around her while she was assaulted for at least 17 minutes.

In a judgment on Wednesday, District Court judge Christopher Hoy said the girl was raped by the men “sometimes simultaneously, sometimes consecutively”, while others stood in a line adjacent to the bed.

Some of the men made crude comments, including that they would have sex with her “jail style”.

One of the men said “Date rape, brother”, and there was laughter as he joked about DNA.

From behind a GoPro camera one metre away, Devereux encouraged some of the men to get involved, urging one: “Let’s go, get up.”

“Let’s go old school,” he added, referring to raping the woman vaginally. “Bro, she’ll do us one by one.”

At stages in the video, the victim can be heard saying she is tired and wants to go to sleep. As one of the men rapes her, she says she is scared. At other times, she is almost motionless.

In August, three of the men – Tristan Carlyle-Watson, 26, Kurt Stevenson, 26, and Andrew Waters, 25 – were found guilty of aggravated sexual assault in company. They are due to be sentenced this month.

Another man, ML, who was a minor at the time of the rape, was sentenced in June to five-and-a-half years in jail with a non-parole period of three years.

Frank Kordis, who owned the GoPro and hosted the party, pleaded guilty to concealing a serious offence and was given a $3000 fine and a two-year good behaviour bond.

Mr Hoy said the girl’s verbal skills were equivalent to that of an eight-and-a-half-year-old, while her non-verbal skills were that of a seven-year-old, which put her in the bottom 0.4 per cent of her peers in terms of intelligence.

There was no evidence Devereux knew of her mental impairment.

The next morning, the girl awoke naked and alone and was unable to find her clothes, underwear or mobile phone. She did not remember what had happened and made her own way home.

The “disgraceful” and “predatory” incident only came to light when some of the men involved were arrested over graffiti and the GoPro camera was seized.

Mr Hoy said Devereux knew “full well” he was participating in “vile and revolting behaviour”, and his commentary on the video suggested “increasing and ongoing enthusiasm”.

He said the girl was subjected to “unrelenting sexual abuse” as she became a “receptacle” for the men.

“Some of his apparent acquaintances were skulking around in that room oblivious to any sense of decency,” Mr Hoy said.

“[The victim] was subjected to what could only be described as a gang-rape.

“At no time did he assist the victim. At all times he operated the GoPro.”

Devereux pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual assault in company in June, days before his trial was due to start.

The court heard he decided to plead guilty after being shown the video he had filmed of the assault.

Devereux was sentenced to a maximum of seven years and six months in jail with a non-parole period of five years. His fiancee, supported by friends, cried in the public gallery.

He will be eligible for parole in October 2020.

Opposition leader mocks Allianz Stadium ‘death trap’ claims

Opposition Leader Luke Foley has ridiculed suggestions Allianz Stadium is a potential death trap, claiming the government’s push to knock down and rebuild the venue could jeopardise the 20-year commitment to stage NRL grand finals in Sydney.
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As revealed by Fairfax Media, Sports Minister Stuart Ayres is expected to ask cabinet for more than $2 billion to knock down and rebuild both Allianz and ANZ stadiums on Thursday. It’s hoped the move will finally provide clarity around funding in the protracted stadium war, although it’s unclear if there will be an official announcement or an indication of which venue will be done first.

NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has stated she is not wedded to the $1.6 billion figure originally pledged by predecessor Mike Baird, although it remains to be seen if the money required to rebuild both venues from the ground will be forthcoming.

The NRL has stated transforming ANZ Stadium into a world-class rectangular stadium must be the priority, with the commitment to staging grand finals in Sydney contingent on that being the case.

Fairfax Media revealed in July that the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust had raised concerns about the safety of Allianz Stadium with the government, prompting a renewed examination into the feasibility of a total rebuild of the venue. Speaking at a ceremony marking the official commencement of construction of the NSWRL’s centre of excellence at ANZ on Wednesday, Ayres said the prospect of the Allianz being shut down was a real one.

“The occupancy certificate is that we have until 2019 to correct a number of the occupancy safety and security issues in the stadium,” Ayres said. “That will require investment one way or the other. If we can’t meet those ???requirements it is highly unlikely a certifier will give us an occupancy certificate.”

Foley slammed the safety concerns as rubbish, labelling them part of a campaign to divert funds from ANZ.

“They have dropped stories to the papers saying people are going to die, yet they still play there the next Saturday,” Foley said.

“Do you think any government, if people were at risk of dying in a government-owned venue, would open it the next weekend for a footy game? It’s just rubbish.

“It’s just Ayres trying to sabotage the cabinet decision to prioritise the Olympic Stadium and send the dollars east.”

Construction on a new stadium at Parramatta, at a cost of $350 million, has already begun. Foley wants total stadia spending capped at $1.6 billion and the priority given to demolishing and rebuilding ANZ, with any remaining funds then channelled towards Allianz. The Labor leader feared a failure to prioritise the Olympic venue could see the NRL’s showpiece event go interstate.

“The grand final should be played in Sydney,” Foley said.

“We think the government is risking the future of grand finals in Sydney by taking so damn long to make a decision. It’s year seven of this government and we still don’t know what their stadium policy is. Yet again we’re told we may get one later this week. How many times have we heard that?”

The sequencing of the works will have ramifications for all stadia tenants. If Allianz and ANZ are out of commission at the same time, the SCG could again play host to a league grand final.

Some have dubbed Thursday D-day amid hopes an announcement will clarify the government’s strategy. However, the “D” could well stand for more delays as the government decides how much to commit to the projects.

“The Premier has said numerous times that she is not wedded to $1.6 billion,” Ayres said. “We want to get this right. We need to make sure that this once-in-a-lifetime investment delivers for NSW for the next 30 or 40 years. I am not going to be rushed into doing that unnecessarily. We are pretty close.”

David James’ family home, Killara, expected to sell for half originally listed price as he faces criminal charges

“Snapped up for a song”: Mansion price halves as owner faces charges ON BAIL: Former James Estate Wine boss David James has been charged with stalking and harassment.
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TweetFacebookFairfax Mediaexpressed surprise at the cut-price deal for Killara, one saying the property – that had sold signs out the front on Tuesday – had been “snapped up for a song”.

Another said it wasthe Hunter’s most contentious real estate deal of the year.

According to documents seen byFairfax Media, Mr Kentwell puta “conservative estimate of the selling price” for the property in July 2016between $7.5 million and $8.25 million.

In May, Todd Hadley, of MJD Valuers, put the price of the property at $7 million.

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But the trophy home failed to sell at a public auction last week after bidding opened at $3 million and wentbetween two registered bidders before being suspended at $3.6 million.

When the property was first listed in early 2016 withCveta Kolarovski, of Robinson Property, who was working for McGrath Charlestownat the time, there was a failed offer of $9 million.

Asked about the current sale price, Mrs Kolarovski said“we had multiple parties interested at $7 millionand over, both national and international”.

The sale, done at the behest of court appointed receivers Ben O’Hearn, of O’Hearn Lawyers, and Bruce Heathcote, of Forsythes Business and Financial Advisors, punctuates the stunning downfall of one of the Hunter’s most prominent wine empires.

The receivers, who did not respond to repeated requests for comment, have Killara insured for $9.1 million.

Mr James’ companies collapsed in 2013, leading to the sale of assets including James Estate Wines at Pokolbin. Police are still investigating how $5 million worth of ’s best wines vanished without a trace amid the wreckage of the liquidated Hunter wine empire.

Now the sale of Killara is under the spotlight afterMrs James allegedthe property hadbeen undervalued after she lost control of the sale process last year following court orders arising from a property settlement with Mr James.

When contacted byFairfax Mediaabout the sale process, Mrs James said she believes Killara had been “devalued” and buyers led to believe it was a “fire sale”.

Mrs James pointed to a casewhere confidential Supreme Court orders, detailing thesplit between Mr and Mrs James, were attached to the back of sale contractsand handed out to prospective buyers, including her neighbours.

Fairfax Mediaasked PRDnationwide aboutthe issueon Wednesday, but Mr Kentwell, who was engaged by the receivers, did not answer the question.

“Christie’s International Real Estate, PRDnationwide and the receivers ran an exhaustive and thorough national and international marketing campaign leading up to the auction,” he said.

“It was regrettable that the property did not sell at the auction. We have otherwise been requested not to make further comment given the matter is personal to the parties involved.”

Roy Gavin, who was the under-bidder at theauction, said hebelieveditwas a “fire sale”.

“I got an email saying there had been a massive price reduction, the price dropped about $1 million overnight, so I thought I might get it for a steal,” he said.

In June last year, the Supreme Court appointed Mr O’Hearn and Mr Heathcote as independent trustees to sell Killara and a Corlette property, both owned by Mrs James. The trustees were later appointed by the court as receivers in an effort to ensure Mrs James did not have to pay capital gains tax on the sale of Killara as it was her principal place of residence.

Mrs James said she had “never been in receivership” and now had no say in the sale of her home because the receivers were running the process.

Mrs James said she had “never been in receivership” andhad littlesay in the salesbecause the receivers were in charge.In April,the receivers’ bill and associated costs from the unhappy sale ventures, that saw Killara still on the market and Corlette soldlast year for $1.595 million, was hundreds of thousands of dollars.

This included $81,358 in fees for Mr Heathcote to March and $181,561 for Mr O’Hearn. It’s unknown what the additional costs and fees have been since. Mrs James described the process as a “nightmare”.

“The judge estimated it would cost about $30,000 for the sale of the properties,” she said. “But the whole process has left me on the verge of bankruptcy and the costs continue to grow.”

The mother of two said she could pen a book detailing the saga, which, among the background of all the legal battles, would include details of the toll it took on her family and personal life.

A war of words paper trail between warring lawyers reveals a complicated behind-the-scenes battle featuring allegations of mismanagement, questionable practices and harassment.

It’s a legal process generally reserved for those with deep pockets. But Mrs James said in this case she was being forced to pay for both sides with all costs and fees incurred by the receivers to come from the sale of Killara, her only remaining asset that has a significant mortgage.

She said the process was crippling her financially.

In another twist in the saga, it’s understood Mr James and his mother, Irene, made an eleventh-hour bid on Monday to secure the property for $4.5 million.

But the battle for Killara appears far from over afterthe mortgagee, AMP Bank,requested a valuation of the property on Wednesday. Any sale price must be approved by the Family Court.

Mr James did not respond to requests for comment.

Council approves 30,000-seat stadium in Sydney

The football rivalry in the city of Sydney has ramped up in derby week but not due to the Wanderers or Sky Blues.
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A bidding team for an A-League licence in the city’s south took a major step towards gaining entry for an expanded competition after receiving council approval to build a 30,000 capacity stadium, as well as a training centre in the Sutherland Shire.

Southern Expansion – a consortium looking to establish a football club representing Wollongong and the south of Sydney – were given the green light by Sutherland Shire Council on Monday for “in principle” support for the establishment of a professional football precinct in Loftus and an academy in Barden Ridge.

It includes eight full-sized pitches at the Ridge Sporting Complex to be used for potential W-League, A-League and National Youth League teams as well as its junior academies.

However, the jewel in the crown of the proposal is a football-specific stadium to be built at a nearby site in Loftus that will seat between 25,000 and 30,000 supporters. It’s understood the funding for the stadium will largely be provided by Southern Expansion’s Hong Kong-listed investors, JiaYuan property group.

The group has reportedly pledged $300 million towards a privately owned football stadium for the A-League expansion group and councillors unanimously approved a feasibility study put forward to them at Monday night’s meeting.

The land in Loftus is used by TAFE and the University of Wollongong who must also approve Southern Expansion’s plans for the new stadium before construction can take place.

Southern Expansion are looking to gain entry to the A-League, but only once expansion is confirmed after the establishment of a new A-League operating model which would need to be agreed between Football Federation and club owners.

“The Shire is central to our region and is the best place for our facilities,” Southern Expansion chief executive Chris Gardiner said.

“The stadium site is on the main railway line, served by two stations, connecting our St George, Sutherland and Wollongong communities. We envisage our stadium as part of a major sport and education precinct. Our head of football Craig Foster returns this week from his visits to football training centres in Europe and we have the location now to build the training centre he wants for our club.”

Southern Expansion have been met with opposition from Sydney FC who boast a strong membership base between St George and Sutherland regions.

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