Ar­rest for al­leged Port rape

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

PO­LICE are urg­ing women not to walk home alone af­ter ar­rest­ing a man who al­legedly sex­u­ally as­saulted two women in the same lo­ca­tion in Port Dou­glas this month.

The 20-year-old man from Hope Vale al­legedly as­saulted a lone fe­male in the early hours on Novem­ber 8 in Warner St, and an­other woman around 2am on Novem­ber 11 at the same lo­ca­tion.

The man has been charged with one count each of as­sault, as­sault with in­tent to rape, rape, rob­bery with ac­tual vi­o­lence and pos­ses­sion of drugs.

He was de­nied bail when he ap­peared in the Cairns District Court last Fri­day.

Both as­saults oc­curred when the women were walk­ing home alone from a li­censed venue.

De­tec­tive Sergeant OIC Trevor Per­ham said po­lice didn’t warn the pub­lic af­ter the at­tempted rape on Novem­ber 8 be­cause at the time it was con­sid­ered “a rel­a­tively mi­nor as­sault”.

“It only be­came of rel­e­vance when a more se­ri­ous as­sault hap­pened a few days later,” he said.

He has warned women and young girls to be more aware of the dangers in­volved with walk­ing home alone.

“We get about one or two se­ri­ous attacks a year in Port Dou­glas so it does hap­pen in this area. I would like to com­mend a thank you to the vic­tims and the pub­lic who as­sisted the CIB with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” he said.

“A lot of peo­ple don’t re­port as­saults so it was very help­ful to get in­for­ma­tion from wit­nesses.”

Ac­cord­ing to De­tec­tive Sergeant OIC Trevor Per­ham, the level of vi­o­lence had in­creased from the first at­tack with the sec­ond at­tack was much more se­vere.

The mat­ter will be heard again on De­cem­ber 10.

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