Police charge man with choking, detaining woman at Lake Illawarra

A man will face court today charged with choking and detaining a woman in the Illawarra region earlier this month.

About 5.30pm on 9 January 2021, a 23-year-old man attended the home of a 21-year-old woman, who was known to him, in Albion Park Rail.

After a period of time, it’s alleged the pair began arguing, before the man grabbed the woman by her hair and threw her into a brick wall. The man then allegedly threatened the woman with a knife, strangled and assaulted the woman multiple times.

As the woman attempted to drive away from the home, the man allegedly dragged her from the car and continued to make threats, while forcing the woman into the passenger seat.

The woman was taken to an address in Kanahooka, where she was assisted by relatives. The man fled in the woman’s car.

The woman was taken to hospital for treatment to her injuries and the incident was reported to police.

Officers from Lake Illawarra Police District attended and established a crime scene at the woman’s home, seizing several items for forensic analysis.

Following extensive inquiries and a public appeal for information, the 23-year-old man was arrested at a home in Berkeley and taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station earlier today (Wednesday 20 January 2021).

He was charged with the following offences:

– intentionally choke etc person with recklessness,

– kidnap with intent commit serious indictable offence occasioning actual bodily harm,

– armed with intent commit indictable offence,

– assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and

– contravene prohibition/restriction in AVO.

The Farmborough Heights man was refused bail to appear in Wollongong Local Court today (Wednesday 20 January 2021).

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