Woman fights off knife-wielding sex attacker in her home

A WOMAN has fought off a knife-wielding intruder who broke into her home and tried sexually assaulting her in a terrifying attack in Sydney’s inner west.

Police said a 21-year-old Malaysian National forced his way into a bedroom at an Ashfield share home on Tuesday and threatened the 22-year-old woman at knife-point.

It’s alleged the man assaulted and choked the woman before holding her down and trying to sexually assault her.


Police said the young woman fought back and screamed out to a house mate which caused the intruder to flee.

The man allegedly stole the woman’s mobile phone and later used it to transfer money from her bank account.

The woman suffered a minor laceration to her hand during the assault, police said.

Following extensive inquiries, the 21-year-old Malaysian National, who police confirmed was a stranger to the woman, was arrested at a business in Ashfield on Saturday morning.

He has since been charged with a list of serious offences, including attempted aggravated sexual assault, break and enter with intent, aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence, and aggravated robbery.

The 21-year-old is also charged with choking a person and kidnapping a person with intent to commit a serious indicative offence causing actual bodily harm.

He was remanded in custody overnight and was due to appear in Parramatta Bail Court later today.

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