Police charge man over historical sexual assault offences at St George

Police have charged a man with sexual touching offences dating back to 2011 after DNA allegedly linked him to the historical incidents.

About 5.30pm on Monday 19 September 2011, a 41-year-old woman was walking home with her friend along Gibson Avenue, Padstow, when a man allegedly approached her from behind and indecently assaulted her.

The man then fled from the scene and police were contacted shortly after.

About 5pm two days later (Wednesday 21 September 2011), a 39-year-old woman was walking along Maher Street, Hurstville, where she was allegedly grabbed from behind, knocked to the ground and indecently assaulted.

The woman screamed for help before the man fled the scene and police were alerted.

Despite extensive investigations at the time, no one was charged over the incidents.

About 2.30pm on Wednesday 6 November 2019, a 29-year-old woman was allegedly sexually touched by a man while on an escalator at Town Hall Railway Station.

The woman confronted the man and he ran towards the Queen Victoria Building exit.

The incident was reported to the station manager who called police.

An investigation commenced, and the woman’s clothing underwent forensic analysis.

Following inquiries, officers attached to North/Central Transport Action Group arrested a 26-year-old man at a home on Caledonian Street, Bexley, on Friday 22 November 2019.

He was taken to Kogarah Police Station and charged with sexually touch another person without consent and granted strict conditional bail.

The results of forensic examination subsequently linked the man to the indecent assaults from eight years earlier.

Following further inquiries by St George detectives, the man was arrested and charged with assault with act of indecency and attempted sexual intercourse without consent yesterday (Wednesday 18 December 2019).

He was refused bail to appear in Sutherland Local Court today (Thursday 19 December 2019).

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