Arrest for alleged Port rape
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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