Coffs Harbour Man Arrested for Alleged Sexual Assault at Beach

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A man was arrested at Coffs Harbour and charged over the alleged sexual assault of a woman at a beach near Byron Bay last week.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Sex Crimes Squad and Tweed/Byron LAC established Strike Force Kabbera to investigate reports of a sexual assault at Belongil Beach, Tyagarah, on Monday 5 June 2017.

According to Police, the 31 year old woman told them she was at the beach, about 5km south of Brunswick Heads Surf Club around 5pm, when she was approached by an unknown man and sexually assaulted.

After she escaped, she ran to a hotel on Childe St, Byron Bay, where staff assisted her and notified police.

Local police attended the hotel before the woman was taken to Byron Bay Hospital for treatment.

Following extensive inquiries, police from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command arrested a 31 year old man at a home at Coffs Harbour about 1.30pm on Friday afternoon.

He was taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station and charged with six counts of aggravated sexual assault (deprive liberty), three counts of commit act of indecency, and one count of reckless damage.

The man was refused bail. He was due to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court on Saturday 17 June 2017.

17 June 2017

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