Illawarra man accused of trying to rape partner’s sister

An Illawarra man accused of attempting to rape his partner’s younger sister has been refused bail in court.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was staying the night at his girlfriend’s house on October 7 when the alleged incident occurred.

Police documents tendered to Wollongong Local Court during the man’s bail application said the alleged victim was sleeping on her sister’s couch when she was woken around 4am by the man putting his hand over her mouth.

She later told police the man was directly above her and about 20cm from her face when he told her to be quiet, before allegedly putting his hand down her pants and rubbing the outside of her genitals.

It is alleged he tried to insert a finger into her vagina, however the woman clamped her legs shut and tried to fend him off.

Her screams were muffled by the man’s hand remaining over her mouth, police said.

The woman eventually managed to push the man away, prompting him to run into the kitchen and leave the house through the back door.

Meantime, the woman’s brother, who was playing video games in his room at the time, told police he heard an unusual sound coming from the lounge area before his sister called out his name.

He said he got out of bed to investigate, at which time he heard his sister call his name again, telling police he could tell something was wrong by the tone of her voice.

When he got downstairs, he found his sister alone on the couch, crying.

She disclosed the alleged abuse to him immediately.

The man was arrested five days later at his house south of Wollongong and charged with attempted rape.

He was remanded in custody at the time, however made a fresh bid for bail during his most recent court appearance.

His lawyer argued the man’s cousin and mother would agree to put up money to secure his release.

However, Magistrate Michael Stoddart refused the application, saying the man had not shown cause why his detention wasn’t justified.

The matter was adjourned to February.

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