Joseph Parker and Beraiah Hales.
Police remain tight-lipped on the progress of the Roast
Busters underage sex investigation, but want to assure the
public they are doing all they can for the alleged victims.
The Waitemata Child Protection team have been investigating a
group of teenage boys known as the Roast Busters since a
13-year-old girl made a formal complaint against them in late
Roast Busters is a group of predominantly West Auckland
youths whose members, including Joseph Parker and Beraiah
Hales, bragged online about having sex with drunk and
In November the Herald revealed that Tristan Burrow, the son
of police Constable Craig Burrow, was associated with the
group in 2011. He was interviewed by police and co-operated
with the investigation, but has had no involvement since.
Police botched the handling of the publicity around the case
and repeatedly gave wrong information to media about the
number of victims involved.
Commissioner Peter Marshall conceded his staff could have
been "sharper" and one of the country's most senior female
cops Detective Inspector Karyn Malthus was sent to take over
Shortly after she announced the formation of a multi-agency
team dubbed Operation Clover, which would work together on
the Roast Busters case.
Ms Malthus has refused to say exactly what that team are
doing to resolve the case. But she told the Herald that the
investigation had continued over Christmas and New Year.
"It is a comprehensive and lengthy investigation and the
focus for the joint agency Operation Clover team continues to
be on speaking to young people and their parents," she said.
"It is of the utmost importance that the privacy, health and
wellbeing of these young people is strictly upheld. We
appreciate the high level of public interest in this case,
however, as is routine with an investigation of this nature,
we will not discuss any operational aspects and no further
comment will be made at this time."
Anyone with information about the Roast Busters case, or any
victim that wants to make a complaint to police can contact
the Operation Clover team on 0800 OP CLOVER (0800 672 568).
- Anna Leask of the New Zealand Herald