Police arrest man in Qld, two charged over aggravated sexual assault of woman in Sydney’s north-west

Detectives have charged two men and arrested a third in Queensland following an investigation into the alleged aggravated sexual assault of a woman in Sydney’s north-west last month.

On Thursday 29 April 2021, officers attached to Blacktown Police Area Command received a report that a woman had been sexually assaulted by three unknown men.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad were notified and took carriage of the investigation under Strike Force Kempbridge.

Officers were told that the 37-year-old woman met three men at a licenced premise at Rouse Hill on Saturday 24 April 2021.

The men allegedly took the woman to a home at Riverstone, where she was sexually assaulted on several occasions by the group in the early hours of Sunday 25 April 2021.

The woman left the home and sought medical treatment at Blacktown Hospital on Monday 26 April 2021, before contacting police.

Following extensive inquiries, strike force detectives arrested a 26-year-old man at a home at Riverstone and a 35-year-old man at a home at Valley Heights about 2pm on Tuesday (4 May 2021).

A crime scene warrant was subsequently executed at the Riverstone home and a number of items relevant to the investigation were seized.

The younger man was taken to Riverstone Police Station, while the older man was taken to Springwood Police Station.

Both men were subsequently charged with six counts of aggravated sexual assault – offender in company with other persons.

The younger man was refused bail and appeared at Blacktown Local Court yesterday (Wednesday 5 May 2021), where he was granted strict conditional bail to reappear at the same court on Thursday 1 July 2021.

The older man was refused bail and appeared at Blacktown Local Court yesterday, where he was formally refused bail to reappear at the same court on Friday 2 July 2021.

As part of ongoing inquiries, Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad detectives obtained an arrest warrant for a 31-year-old man, believed to be interstate.

Following further investigations, strike force detectives, with assistance from Queensland Police Service, arrested a 31-year-old man at Amberley, Brisbane, about 2pm yesterday.

The man was taken to Brisbane watch house and charged with the outstanding interstate warrant.

He is expected to appear at Brisbane Magistrates Court today (Thursday 6 May 2021), where detectives will apply for his extradition to NSW.

Investigations are continuing.

The Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate matters against children and adults, including sexual assault, serious physical abuse, and extreme cases of neglect.

Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

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