Gang rapists lose appeal bidGang rapists lose appeal bid
THREE brothers have lost a bid to have their sentences reduced for the 2002 gang rape of two teenage girls in Sydney. The three brothers, who can only be identified as MSK, MMK and MAK, were convicted of gang raping the girls at their family's Ashfield home, in Sydney's inner west. MMK, 19, and 27-year-old MSK, are each serving 22-year jail terms for raping the teenagers in July 2002. MAK, 25, was jailed for 16 years. In dismissing the sentence appeals of all three men in the New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal, Justice Michael Grove criticised an argument put forward on behalf of MSK. Justice Grove said it was "inappropriate" for a lawyer to have described MSK as a "cultural time bomb" and blame the rapes on his upbringing in Pakistan. He dismissed the argument that MSK had raped the girls because he had traditional views of women from his upbringing as a Muslim in Pakistan.