Inside a ‘kidnapper’s secret lair’: Man is found hiding in a wall cavity behind a book case during a police raid on a home – as he is arrested over abducting and sexually assaulting a woman, 37,
- NSW Police raided a home on Monfarville Road, St Marys, Sydney, on August 14
- Search was related to the alleged kidnapping and sexual assault of a woman, 37
- Officers allegedly found a man, 43, hidden in a wall cavity behind a bookshelf
- He has been charged with 13 offences, including rape, kidnapping and stalking
- The pair are known to each other. The man will face Penrith Local Court on Friday
A man accused of ‘kidnapping and sexually assaulting’ a woman allegedly hid in a wall cavity behind a bookshelf during a police raid on a Sydney home.
NSW Police searched a property on Monfarville Road, St Marys, on August 14 following reports a woman, 37, was allegedly being sexually abused on an ongoing basis by a man known to her.
While executing the search warrant, officers allegedly found the man, 43, they wished to speak to hidden in a concealed wall cavity behind a bookshelf at the home.
The man was arrested at the home and taken to Penrith Police Station, where he was charged with 13 offences
Officers seized several items, including mobile phones.
The man was arrested at the home and taken to Penrith Police Station, where he was charged with 13 offences.
They include three counts of resisting arrest, sexual intercourse without consent and take/detain person with intent to obtain advantage cause actual bodily harm.
Other charges include two counts of common assault, two aggravated sexual assault charges – inflict actual bodily harm and deprive liberty- stalk/intimidate intend fear physical harm, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two outstanding warrants for domestic violence offences.
Police searched the home again yesterday with assistance from specialist tactical resources including the dog squad and bomb unit.
Rubbish was strewn across the floor in the hidden passage (pictured). Police seized items to undergo forensic examination, including another mobile phone, duct tape and documentation
More items were seized to undergo forensic examination, including another mobile phone, duct tape and documentation.
Police will allege in court that the man sexually assaulted and physically abused the woman between July and August this year.
A dog at the property was taken to a vet for treatment.
He was refused bail to appear before Penrith Local Court on Friday.
Investigations are continuing.
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