Janine Kerrie Balding was a homicide victim who was abducted, raped and murdered by a homeless gang of five (four youths and an adult) on 8 September 1988, in Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Balding’s murder is often compared to the notorious 1986 murder of Sydney nurse Anita Cobby.
A month before her twenty-first birthday, she was abducted from a Sutherland railway station car park by a group of homeless persons consisting of four males and one female.
These persons were Bronson Blessington, Matthew Elliott, Stephen ‘Shorty’ Jamieson, Wayne Wilmot and Carol Arrow.
Blessington had met Jamieson and Elliott at a homeless shelter named ‘The Station’ in the Sydney CBD earlier that day and had proposed “Why don’t we get a sheila and rape her?”, a quote which become infamously known through Australian news media. The idea was agreed to. Arrow and Wilmot joined in. The victim, who was to be picked at random, became Janine Balding.
She was driven in her vehicle to the side of the F4 Freeway at Minchinbury in Sydney’s west, and during that time was partially stripped of her clothing and raped at knifepoint by Blessington, Jamieson and Elliott. Arrow and Wilmot were in the car but did not rape her. On arrival at Minchinbury, she was again raped. She was then dragged from her vehicle, gagged with a scarf, hog-tied, then lifted over a fence and carried into a paddock by Blessington, Jamieson and Elliott. She was then drowned in a dam there.