Female tourists allegedly indecently assaulted by man they met online

A MAN has been charged after two women were allegedly indecently assaulted after using a social media application “to find friendships and accommodation.”

On Thursday, August 16, a 27-year-old Japanese national used a social media application to meet with the 30-year-old man and then go out to socialise with other people.

“Police will allege the woman was taken to a basement carpark of a unit block in Wolli Creek, where the man allegedly indecently assaulted her. She fought the man off before running from the car,” NSW police said in a statement.


Just two days later, a 38-year-old Brazilian National sought accommodation from the same man utilising the same social media application.

The woman met the man along with other people at The Rocks and agreed to get in the car with him.

“It is alleged the woman was driven to Audley Weir in The Royal National Park, south Sydney, where he indecently assaulted her in the car,” NSW Police said.

“She escaped the man, running from his car, before flagging down a motorist and reporting the matter to Sutherland Shire Police.”

Following investigations into the assaults, police yesterday arrested a man after a pursuit and collision.

He was taken to St George Police Station where he underwent a breath analysis returning a reading of 0.105.

He was also interviewed about the alleged indecent assault matters and charged with two counts of attempted sexual assault, two counts of indecent assault, two counts of Police pursuit, dangerous driving and mid-range PCA.

He was refused bail and is expected to appear in Sutherland Local Court today.

Police say the application is commonly used by tourists travelling in varying countries.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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