Assault charges laid

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Sex Crimes Squad detectives have arrested a man following investigations into an alleged break-and-enter, sexual assault and stabbing at Penrith yesterday.


About 11am today, a 41-year-old man was released from Westmead Hospital where he had been under police guard.


He was taken to Penrith Police Station and charged with wounding with intent to resist arrest, aggravated sexual assault x2, and incite act of indecency. He was refused bail to appear at Penrith Local Court today.


Today’s arrest follows investigations by the Sex Crimes Squad under Strike Force Pondage into the circumstances surrounding the alleged incident.


About 4.30am on Wednesday 7 September 2011, police were called to a unit on Macquarie Road at Penrith where it was reported a 41-year-old man entered the unit through a bathroom window.


A 20-year-old woman, who was at home with her two-year-old daughter, told police she had heard noises outside the unit and sent a text message to her father to raise the alarm. 

Following investigations, police can reveal the woman was allegedly sexually assaulted by the 41-year-old man. 


A short time later, the woman’s 49-year-old father arrived at the unit where he became involved in an altercation with the man.


The 49-year-old sustained stab wounds and was taken to Westmead Hospital for treatment. 

The 41-year-old man was assessed by paramedics on site before being taken to Westmead Hospital for treatment to a suspected head injury. He was placed under police guard in hospital.


The 20-year-old woman was taken to Nepean Hospital for medical assessment. The two-year-old girl was uninjured.

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