Lismore Court House.
Lismore Court House.

Ned Saffin to stand trial over alleged sexual assault of man

EDWARD "Ned" Saffin will stand trial for the alleged sexual assault of a man at gunpoint after pleading not guilty in Lismore Local Court.

Saffin, a father of one, is the son of former Federal Member for Page and Labor candidate in the upcoming election Janelle Saffin.

He appeared in Lismore Local Court via video link from prison and was represented by his solicitor Tracey Randall.

Facing charges

The 31-year-old faced 18 charges including two counts of aggravated sexual assault with the threat to inflict actual bodily harm with a weapon, namely a firearm, eight counts of aggravated sexual assault and deprive liberty, and five counts of assault with an act of indecency.

Police allege between 1am and 5.30am on July 4, at Bangalow, Saffin sexually assaulted a 19-year-old man.

Police facts tendered before the court stated: "Edward John Saffin did have sexual intercourse with the man without his consent and threatened to inflict actual bodily harm by means of a firearm".

It is alleged Saffin also fondled the man's penis and forcefully masturbated the man while detaining him.

Charges laid

Police launched an investigation after Saffin's alleged victim reported the incidents to police.

When Saffin was arrested the day after the alleged offences he was also charged with being in possession of a small amount of cannabis.

He was charged and refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court.

Yesterday Ms Randall told the court her client wished to waive his right to a committal hearing and she filed a certificate with the court to indicate this.

Upon waiving his right to a committal trial, prosecutor Mr Woods filed a certificate so the possession of cannabis charge against Saffin can be considered by the judge at sentencing.

Saffin to stand trial

Magistrate David Heilpern committed Saffin to stand trial in the Lismore District Court.

He set Saffin's arraignment date in Lismore District Court for a day in late November.
Saffin will remain in custody until his next court appearance.

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