Home in­va­sion charges

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - JANESSA EKERT

A KURANDA man has fronted court ac­cused of rap­ing a woman dur­ing a vi­o­lent home in­va­sion at Gor­don­vale.

The man, who can­not be named un­til he is com­mit­ted to stand trial, was re­manded in cus­tody and mat­ters were ad­journed to June 6.

The 21-year-old is fac­ing a num­ber of se­ri­ous charges in­clud­ing rape, sex­ual as­sault, bur­glary with in­tent and com­mon as­sault on De­cem­ber 21.

It is al­leged he gained en­try to a home about 4am and was spot­ted by the 26-year-old woman. It will be fur­ther al­leged that she con­fronted the in­truder which re­sulted in a phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion af­ter which she was as­saulted.

Po­lice have con­firmed the pair were un­known to each other.

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Russ Parker said it had been a pri­or­ity in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“It was a woman who was in her own home. She didn’t know this per­son. He’s (al­legedly) sex­u­ally as­saulted her,” Snr Const Parker said.

“It be­comes a sig­nif­i­cant in­ves­ti­ga­tion when you’ve got cir­cum­stances like that.”

Snr Const Parker said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Cairns Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch had been “very thor­ough”. Wed 18/04/18 - Tues 24/04/18

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