Se­cu­rity footage helps catch al­leged rapist

The Weekend Post - - News -

SE­CU­RITY cam­era footage from a busi­ness has proved key in the ar­rest of a man ac­cused of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a young tourist in Card­well’s main street.

The 35-year-old Gold Coast man, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, ap­peared in the In­n­is­fail Mag­is­trates Court on Wed­nes­day charged with rape, as­sault with in­tent to com­mit rape and de­pri­va­tion of lib­erty.

He was ar­rested by po­lice just hours af­ter he al­legedly at­tacked the 18-year-old for­eign tourist, then sex­u­ally as­saulted her be­hind a Vic­to­ria St busi­ness, about 11pm on Tues­day night.

Cas­sowary Coast po­lice Insp Steve Ker­s­ley said it was al­leged the woman even­tu­ally man­aged to flee from the man and sought help.

The in­ci­dent is un­der­stood to have shocked the small coastal com­mu­nity with po­lice prais­ing res­i­dents for their sup­port.

“The com­mu­nity in­put has been ex­cel­lent, peo­ple ral­lied to as­sist us,” Insp Ker­s­ley said.

“We were able to iden­tify the al­leged of­fender us­ing the woman’s de­scrip­tion and CCTV footage.

“Po­lice lo­cated him in the early hours (of Wed­nes­day morn­ing).”

The man was re­manded in cus­tody and the case is due to re­turn to court on Jan­uary 18 next year.

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