Sex assault suspect charged twice

A WOODBURN man accused of attempted rape has been also charged by police with committing an act of indecency towards a 49-year-old woman in Lismore only an hour before.

Daniel James Blake, a 26-year-old labourer, appeared in custody in the Lismore Local Court yesterday charged over three separate incidents that took place on the night of December 30 across Lismore.

Blake is charged with aggravated break and enter with intent to wound at the home of a 22-year-old East Lismore woman in Granger Avenue at 11.50pm; intentionally inflicting bodily harm with intent to have sexual intercourse; and reckless wounding with a knife.

The woman involved in that attack told police a partially-clothed intruder confronted her inside a bedroom then jumped on her.

During a struggle the man punched the victim in the face and she received cuts to her hands from a knife the attacker wielded before he ran off.

Yesterday, investigating detectives from the Richmond Local Area Command cha-rged Blake with an additional four matters: committing an indecent act towards a 49-year-old woman at 10.30pm last Wednesday in Little Keen Street; and trespass.

The woman involved in that incident told police she found a naked man inside her home masturbating.

Blake was also charged with stealing property from a Keen Street home in Lismore between 8pm and 10pm that same night (a driver’s licence and $37 cash); and having unlawfully obtained goods in personal custody suspected of being stolen between December 30 and December 31.

Defence lawyer Ben Cochrane told Magistrate Nic-holas Reimer yesterday he had only received the fresh set of charges from police on his way up from the police cells to the courtroom after seeing his client and not had the opportunity to discuss this with him.

Mr Cochrane said he was instructed to make a bail application. However, after a brief conversation with his client, the application was withdrawn. The case was adjourned to March 2.

Prosecutor Sgt Peter Costin-Neilsen said police had conducted forensic procedures in the investigation with the material sent to the laboratory expected to take 12 weeks to finalise.

Meanwhile, police are keen for people to come forward with information concerning in the rape of a Casino woman in her Hickey Street home on December 30, or who have information about a red early-model Ford Falcon sedan allegedly seen in Casino last Tuesday or Wednesday, December 29 and 30.

If you have any information phone investigators at the Lismore police station on 6626 0599 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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