Horrific: Man charged after woman pinned down, raped in restaurant bathroom

UPDATE at 4:35 PM on WEDNESDAY | A MAN has been arrested and charged after allegedly holding a woman against her will in a bathroom and raping her multiple times at a restaurant in Townsville.

The 22-year-old man is accused of bailing the woman up in the bathroom of the Riverway Drive eatery in Rasmussen and repeatedly sexually assaulting her about 4.45pm on Sunday, November 18.

Police said the man did not know the woman, who was transported to hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries following the attack.


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Following a public appeal, detectives arrested the woman’s alleged attacker, a 22-year-old Kelso man, at an address in North Ward on Tuesday afternoon.

The man has since been charged with 10 offences, including five counts of rape, two of sexual assault and one count each of deprivation of liberty, assault occasioning bodily harm and common assault.

He was remanded in custody and due to appear in Townsville Magistrates Court today.

If you are in immediate danger call 000 now.  If you require advice or assistance, the following services offer counselling and support:
Lifeline 24/7 telephone crisis support 13 11 14
1800RESPECT 24/7 phone 1800 737 732
Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence phone 07 5591 1164
Bravehearts phone 1800 272 831

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

FIRST, at 7:20 AM on TUESDAY (By Shanee Dobeson) | A WOMAN has been hospitalised after being sexually assaulted at a restaurant in Townsville.

Officers were called to the business on Riverway Drive in Rasmussen around 4.45pm on Sunday after a woman was sexually assaulted by an unknown man in the bathroom.

Police say the victim was taken to hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The woman’s alleged attacker is described as being Aboriginal in appearance and around 163cms tall.

Police say he was last seen wearing a black beanie, dark sunglasses, dark shorts and what is believed to be a jersey with the number 17 on the back.

Detectives have since released CCTV footage in the hope someone may have seen the man at the restaurant or in the nearby vicinity.

Anyone with information is being urged to come forward.

Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at myGC.com.au. He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at myGC.com.au ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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