A man has been refused bail after appearing in Dubbo Local Court this morning charged after a girl was allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted at the weekend.
Police will allege a 55-year-old tradesman, who was working on a house in Wellington, persuaded an eight-year-old girl to get into his vehicle about 12.30pm (Saturday 9 December 2017). The man drove from the scene.
The girl was reported missing and police from Orana-Mid Western Police District, with the assistance of the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad, initiated an investigation.
Today’s court hearing was told the man allegedly sexually assaulted the girl before returning her an hour later to where she was taken from.
Police at the scene, who had been searching for the child, arrested the man and took him to Wellington Police Station where he was charged with five offences:
• Take person, intend commit serious indictable offence,
• Aggravated sexual assault – victim under the age of 16 years,
• Sexual intercourse with child under age of 10 years,
• Procure child less than 14 years to produce child abuse material, and
• Produce child abuse material.
The man was refused bail and appeared at Dubbo Local Court yesterday (Sunday 10 December 2017), where he was remanded to re-appear in the same court today (Monday 11 December 2017).
In today’s court appearance, the man was once again refused bail and has been remanded in custody to appear again in Dubbo Local Court on Wednesday 14 February 2018. He is from the local area.
Police are urging anyone who believes they have been the victim of a crime such as this to call Dubbo Detectives or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Source: NSW Police