A YOUNG mother and a teenage girl are behind bars, charged with attempted murder after allegedly kidnapping and torturing a 19-year-old woman before throwing her off a bridge into a river in Sydney.
Police allege the victim was bundled into the boot of a car at Campbelltown on Saturday night and driven 50km north to a house at Whalan, near Mount Druitt, where she was tortured for up to six hours.
It’s alleged the 19-year-old woman – who is believed to have a disability – was tied up and blindfolded before being stabbed, punched, kicked and beaten with a wooden bat.
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Following the brutal, prolonged attack and while still tied up, the victim was allegedly put back into the boot of the car and driven a further 20km north to the Windsor Bridge.
There, police allege the victim was dragged out of the boot and thrown 30m over the edge of the bridge into the Hawkesbury River.
After surviving the fall, the badly injured 19-year-old somehow managed to swim ashore and raise the alarm.
Police said they were called to George Street at about 5am on Sunday and the 19-year-old woman from Campbelltown was taken to Nepean Hospital for treatment. Her current condition is not known.
A young 19-year-old mother and a 17-year-old girl are just two of four people who stand accused of the atrocious crime.
They were arrested after handing themselves into police and have both been charged with attempted murder, aggravated kidnapping, wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and robbery with wounding.
The 19-year-old accused appeared in Penrith Local Court today where she was refused bail. She has been in custody since Tuesday and will remain behind bars ahead of her next appearance on November 23.
The younger girl was only arrested this afternoon and will spend the night behind bars before she appears in a Children’s court tomorrow.
In a statement tonight, police said “inquiries are continuing into the possible involvement of two men”.
As part of their investigation, detectives have also seized a Holden Commodore from a house at Whalan for forensic analysis.
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