The Police statement about the ‘Roastbusters’ a group of alleged gang-rapists who document their exploits on social media is interesting:
Waitemata Police investigating rape allegations involving a group calling themselves the “RoastBusters” say a full and thorough investigation has been conducted, but in the absence of significant evidence such as formal statements, there is not enough evidence to prosecute the alleged offenders at this time.
Police have spoken with all identified and possible victims and their friends, on a number of occasions. We appreciate their difficult and traumatic situation however without further evidence such as formal statements Police are unable to prosecute the offenders in this case. A Facebook site which was used by the suspects, although offensive and innapropriate, did not provide evidence which would allow the case to be put before a court.
Police acknowledge how difficult it is for victims of sex crimes to take the step of making a formal complaint to Police. Nobody should be subjected to this behaviour and it is very frustrating for the enquiry team who have worked tirelessly for months on the case.
In the past two weeks, Police contacted the girls again to see if any were at the stage where they felt able to make a formal statement to Police, and will continue to investigate this case and to build sufficient evidence to progress this matter.
I’m not sure if the police are correct about the legal situation, but it seems to me that their powerlessness in this matter sends a strong signal to rapists and potential rapists that they should target under-age victims and document the assault. Which seems like an odd message for the justice system to be putting out there.