A TEENAGER who broke into a home and strangled and sexually assaulted a young mother and attacked her baby has been arrested and charged.
The 18-year-old is accused of forcing his way into the woman’s unit on Day Street, in the regional NSW city of Wagga Wagga, while her husband was out on Friday afternoon.
Once inside, the young man allegedly strangled and sexually assaulted the woman before leaving. Police said the man also assaulted the woman’s eight-month-old baby.
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The terrified mother alerted her husband and the young family reported the incident to officers at the local police station, 1.5km away.
Following investigations, the woman’s alleged attacker, who police say lives in the same street as her, was arrested on Saturday.
He appeared in Wagga Wagga Local Court today, charged with aggravated break enter and commit serious indictable offence, aggravated sexual assault and choking.
The 18-year-old was refused bail and will reappear in the same court via audio visual link on Wednesday.
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