Police charge man with detaining woman, child in car at Batemans Bay

A man will appear in court today charged with detaining a woman and her child on the state’s South Coast at the weekend.

About 8.30pm on Friday 22 January 2021, a woman was exiting a carpark on Orient Street, Batemans Bay, with her six-year-old child, when an unknown man allegedly approached the vehicle.

Police have been told the man, who was not known to the woman, entered the car and demanded to be driven to a licensed premise at Catalina.

The woman complied and drove the man to the club, before being told to drive to a service station and fill the car with petrol.

As the man exited the vehicle to get petrol, the woman drove off and contacted police.

Officers from South Coast Police District attended and commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Following inquiries, police located a 45-year-old man at a home in Catalina a short time later.

He was arrested and taken to Batemans Bay Police Station, where he was charged with two counts of take/detain person with intent to obtain advantage, common assault, and two counts of stalk/intimidate intend fear physical etc harm.

The Denhams Beach man was refused bail to appear in Wollongong Local Court on Saturday 23 January 2021, where he was formally refused bail to appear in the same court today (Monday 25 January 2021).

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