Man who handed himself in faces court for rape and robbery
A MAN accused of rape was on parole when he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman as she walked to work at Rooty Hill, a court heard.
Luke Rowe, 23, appeared at Mt Druitt Local Court last Wednesday charged with the sexual assault of a 46year-old woman near the station at about 8.45pm on July 9. Rowe handed himself in to police amid a public appeal to find the woman’s attacker.
The court heard Rowe was on parole after spending nine months behind bars on a string of traffic offences including vehicle theft and driving while disqualified. He was released in February.
The woman was walking to work from Rooty Hill station last Thursday when she was attacked near the overpass stairwell on North Pde, close to Sherbrooke St.
Police allege that Rowe attacked and robbed the woman at knifepoint.
Inspector Anthony Brazzill said it was a “frightening” experience for the woman who was allegedly threatened by the man before he sexually assaulted her.
“Anyone would be shaken going through that sort of experience – the police are looking after her at the moment,” Inspector Brazzill said. The site of the attack runs along the border of Rooty Hill High School.
Rowe allegedly stole the woman’s cash and ran off along North Pde before paramedics took her to hospital for treatment.
Rowe was charged with three counts of aggravated sexual assault, threatening to inflict actual bodily harm with a weapon and one count of aggravated robbery and use of corporal violence.
Rowe did not apply for bail and the matter was adjourned to September 4.