A man has been arrested in South Australia and charged over an alleged aggravated sexual assault in Parramatta 20 years ago.
It’s alleged that on March 8 1996, a 19-year-old woman went to a nightclub with friends.
During the evening, she met a man, who she believed knew her boyfriend.
Their conversation continued outside the club before the man allegedly beat and sexually assaulted her in the car park.
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About 2.55am on 9 March 1996, local police, who were patrolling the area, found her unconscious and suffering severe injuries.
She was taken to Westmead Hospital, where she underwent surgery for multiple facial fractures and treatment for a brain injury. She remained in hospital for several weeks.
The crime scene was analysed by forensic experts and despite extensive investigations, a person of interest was not identified at the time.
In November 2015, further forensic analysis led to the investigation being handed to the State Crime Command’s Sex Crimes Squad for further investigation.
As a result of their inquiries, a 44-year-old man was arrested by detectives from South Australia’s Elizabeth Criminal Investigation Branch about 7.30pm on Monday.
He was taken to the local police station and charged by virtue of a New South Wales arrest warrant.
The man appeared at Elizabeth Magistrates Court on Tuesday, where detectives from the Sex Crimes Squad applied for his extradition to NSW.
After arriving at Sydney Airport on Wednesday, detectives took the man to Surry Hills Police Station, where he was formally charged with maliciously inflict grievous bodily harm with intent, aggravated sexual assault – inflict actual bodily harm, and inflict actual bodily harm with intent to have sexual intercourse.
He has been refused bail to appear at Central Local Court on Thursday.