Sex attacks on Northern Rivers

AN 18-YEAR-OLD South Lismore woman was allegedly sexually assaulted in bushland near Shelly Beach, East Ballina, shortly after midnight on Monday.

A 38-year-old Ballina labourer was arrested by Ballina detectives at his workplace at 7.30am on Tuesday and charged with sexual assault in relation to the offence.

He was granted conditional bail and will appear in Ballina Local Court on January 28.

The woman went with the man to bushland near the beach where the alleged offence took place. She reported the crime to police a short time later.

There has been a spate of sex crimes on the Northern Rivers over the summer months.

On December 1, a 17-year-old girl from Melbourne, in Byron Bay as part of schoolies week, was allegedly sexually assaulted on Main Beach.

The following day an 18-year-old man from country Victoria was charged with sexual assault, indecent assault and assault.

On December 30, a Casino woman was sexually assaulted and robbed in her home.

The man spent an hour ransacking the house and terrorising the woman before leaving through the front door of her Hickey Street home. No one has been charged with the offence.

On the same day a 22-year-old woman fought off an armed intruder in her Granger Avenue home in East Lismore.

During the attack the woman was punched in the face and received cuts to her hands from a knife wielded by the attacker.

Daniel Blake, 26, of Woodburn, was charged in relation to the East Lismore offence with inflicting bodily harm with intent to have sexual intercourse; break and enter with intent to commit a serious offence; and reckless wounding.

Blake was also later charged with committing an act of indecency towards a 49-year-old woman in Little Keen Street, Lismore.

She told police she found a naked man masturbating in her home.

The offence occurred an hour before his alleged attack on the 22-year-old woman.

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