Man charged for alleged sexual assault of sleeping woman in Katherine

by | Aug 31, 2020 | Cops | 0 comments

A 36-year-old man is facing charges after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman as she slept in her home in Katherine, NT Police say, while another man in Alice Springs was arrested on the same day for allegedly unlawfully entering a home where a woman resided.

Both incidents occurred on Saturday, police said in a statement, with the Katherine incident taking place during the afternoon.

“Sometime between 3:00pm and 4:00pm … the man allegedly assaulted the woman as she was sleeping inside her residence,” media manager Rob Cross said on Monday. “The woman woke, a struggle ensued, and the woman fled.”

The man was arrested on Sunday.

Police said the man is known to the 44-year-old woman but offered no further details.

“He has been charged with one count of sexual intercourse without consent,” Mr Cross said. “He was remanded and will appear in Katherine Local Court today.”

Meanwhile, a 22-year-old man was charged in Alice Springs for allegedly breaking into a home on Saturday night where a woman resided, presumably by herself, but police were unclear with the facts.

“Police responded to a report of an intruder inside a home in The Gap just after 9:30pm,” Mr Cross said.

In the statement, police said the woman was “still at home” but offered no clues as to what that meant, nor if she was the lone occupant of the residence.

“Multiple units responded and successfully apprehended the man, who was later charged with one count of unlawful entry and remanded in custody to appear before the Alice Springs Local Court today,” Mr Cross said.

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