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April 11, 2021

Lismore teens in custody over alleged attempted sexual assault

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Two teenagers are in custody after facing Lismore Chilidrens Court yesterday over the alleged  attempted sexual assault of a woman during a home invasion in Goonellabah last month.

Detectives arrested the teens, aged 15 and 16, after executing a search warrant at a home in Eggins Place, Goonellabah, yesterday.

Police allege the pair confronted a 20-year-old woman in her home in the early hours of hours of Monday June 23.

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

The woman, who had her 23-month-old son with her, managed to contact emergency services but the teens had fled before police arrived.

The woman was treated for minor injuries and shock and police established a crime scene, which was examined by forensic officers.

Strike Force Bullara was established involving detectives from the State Crime Command’s Sex Crimes Squad.

After the arrests yesterday morning, the two were taken to Lismore police station where they were charged with 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).

The pair were refused bail yesterday to appear in court next week.


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