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Man jailed over 'cruel' teen sex attack

A 19-year-old man jailed over a brutal sex attack on a teenage boy says he will never be able to forgive himself for what happened.

In Sydney's Downing Centre District Court today, Gavin William McGaw wiped tears from his eyes after Judge Peter Berman SC sentenced him to a total of five years jail.

McGaw had pleaded guilty to five charges in relation to the attack on a 16-year-old boy, who was stabbed with a knife, fork and scissors before being sodomised with a rolling pin at a unit in the western Sydney suburb of Mount Druitt in August 2005.

Before being sentenced today, McGaw read a two-page note to Judge Berman to express his remorse over what he described as his "stupid" actions.

"I know what has happened can never be forgotten or erased," McGaw said from the witness box as his father, brother and sister watched from the public gallery.

"I will never be able to forgive myself for the foolish mistakes that were made.

"But I am now a young man and have to take responsibility for my idiotic actions."

McGaw has been held in a maximum security section at the Parklea correction centre, in Sydney's west, since being arrested in August 2005.

He will be eligible for parole in August next year.

McGaw pleaded guilty in January this year to five charges of aggravated sexual assault in company, aggravated act of indecency on a person 16 years and over, take and detain in company with intent to obtain advantage, malicious wounding in company and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

A 14-year-old boy, two girls aged 17 and 19, and a 20-year-old man were also charged over the attack.

Their cases are still before the courts.

Judge Berman said the 16-year-old boy had been the victim of "gratuitous cruelty".

"This would be one of the most serious examples of a young 16-year-old being held for the evil gratification of others, who ... must have cared nothing for (the victim) as a human being, to regard him merely as a play thing to be tortured for their own pleasure," the judge said.

Judge Berman said he was satisfied McGaw had shown remorse for his role in the attack and realised his wrongdoing.

In sentencing him, the judge also took into consideration the amount of time McGaw had already spent in custody, his guilty plea and troubled upbringing.


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