Man in court over break-in and sexual assault at Newcastle

A man will appear in court today charged over an alleged aggravated break and enter and sexual assault in Newcastle.

About 3.20pm on Thursday (29 July 2021), a 20-year-old woman was inside her bedroom at a home on Turana Parade, North Lambton, when an unknown man, armed with a knife, entered the room and threatened her.

She attempted to yell out and alert neighbours before it’s alleged the man grabbed her and sexually assaulted her.

A short time later, the man fled on foot and the woman sought assistance from other residents, who notified police.

Officers from Newcastle City Police District established a crime scene and commenced an investigation under Strike Force Oorin, with assistance from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad.

Following extensive inquiries, strike force investigators arrested a 20-year-old man, not known to the woman, at a home on Faulkner Crescent, North Lambton, just after 4pm yesterday (Friday 30 July 2021).

Shortly after, a search warrant was executed at the home where police seized a number of items relevant to the investigation.

The man was taken to Newcastle Police Station and charged with four counts of aggravated sex assault-threat to inflict actual bodily harm victim with weapon, break and enter indictable offence (not steal/damage), robbery armed with offensive weapon, sexually touch another person without consent, and reckless wounding.

He was refused bail to appear at Newcastle Bail Court today (Saturday 31 July 2021).

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