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Detectives from a special task force have arrested two teenagers over the alleged attempted sexual assault of a woman during a home invasion in Lismore last month.

The 20-year-old woman was allegedly confronted by the two men inside a Goonellabah home in the early hours of Monday, 23 June.

Police will allege the intruders, who had their faces concealed, threatened the woman with a sword before attempting to sexually assault her.

The woman had her 23-month-old son with her at the time.

The woman managed to contact emergency services while they were still inside her home; however, they fled before police arrived.

Police from Richmond Local Area Command attended and established a crime scene at the home, which was forensically examined.

The woman was treated for minor injuries and shock. Her son was not injured.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Sex Crimes Squad launched an investigation into the incident under Strike Force Bullara.

Following extensive inquiries, strike force detectives executed a search warrant at a home on Eggins Place at Goonellabah yesterday (Wednesday).

Two youths – aged 16 and 15­– were arrested separately in Lismore yesterday afternoon and taken to Lismore Police Station where they charged with the following offences:

– Attempted sexual assault under circumstances of aggravation

– Assault with intent to have sexual intercourse

– Breaking into a house and committing serious indictable offence under circumstances of aggravation; and

– Common assault (upon child).

Both were refused bail to appear in a children’s court today (Thursday).

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