Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Woman found naked on Canberra street allegedly held captive for days

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A woman who was spotted on Monday by ACT Police running naked and screaming down a suburban street in North Canberra told police she had been held captive and raped for multiple days.

Two women have died after being swept off rocks and into the ocean in Sydney’s south.

Police were called to Cape Solander in Kurnell around 4.30pm on Monday, following reports three women were swept into the ocean.

One woman made it back to shore, the other two were pulled from the water a short time later but were unable to be revived.

Around 7pm on Monday police were conducting a routine patrol down Fairweather Circuit in Lyneman when they spotted a naked woman running up the street screaming.   

The officers immediately sheltered the woman inside their car, where she told them she had been held captive by a man in a nearby home for a number of days.

During her captivity, she told police she had been raped multiple times.

The officers immediately sheltered the woman inside their car, where she told them she had been held captive by a man in a nearby home for a number of days. Picture: Supplied

Police confirmed the woman had multiple injuries.

Police tracked down the home the woman said she had been held in, arresting a 44-year-old Lyneham man.

He has been charged with four offences – forcible confinement, sexual intercourse without consent, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and failure to appear.   

Police are investigating the situation further and anticipate further charges will be laid.

If you are a victim of family or sexual violence, or believe someone you know is, you can contact police on 131 444 or Triple Zero (000) in an emergency, or attend any police station.       

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