Man who handed him­self in faces court for rape and rob­bery

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

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.

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