Safety measures backed as two charged with CBD rapes

Safety measures backed as two charged with CBD rapes
Safety measures backed as two charged with CBD rapes

Two males have been individually charged with rape over alleged daytime assaults within the Darwin CBD. (Aaron Bunch/AAP PHOTOS)

A person accused of raping a lady in broad daylight will stay behind bars till he pleads in November.

Police arrested the 56-year-old on Tuesday afternoon after stories a lady was raped in a laneway of Darwin’s metropolis centre hours earlier.

He appeared on Thursday in Darwin Native Courtroom dealing with prices of aggravated assault, sexual activity with out consent and breaching a home violence order.

Justice of the Peace Sue Oliver adjourned his listening to till November 29 when he’s set to plead.

In a separate incident final week, police have been referred to as 100m down the highway to the Darwin bus interchange after stories a lady was raped within the space.

A 24-year-old man was arrested and likewise charged with sexual activity with out consent.

Each alleged assaults befell in broad daylight and the alleged offenders have been unknown to the victims, police stated.

There have been 316 sexual assaults between January and July, in contrast with 257 in the identical interval in 2022.

Chief Minister Natasha Fyles stated any incidents have been unacceptable, however the authorities was managing crime within the metropolis.

“Women should have the right to move around our community safely, and those types of incidences are completely unacceptable,” she stated on Thursday.

“We’ve got a wide range of measures to make our communities safer and to have crime prevention.”

CCTV is strewn round Darwin metropolis whereas privately contracted, government-funded public order safety guards conduct common patrols.

The names of the two offenders can’t be revealed as a result of the NT is the final Australian jurisdiction the place accused rapists can’t be named earlier than being dedicated to face trial.

Ms Fyles has not pledged to elevate the ban, although stated she has been in dialogue with different states.

“I have asked for advice from the Department of Justice on that specific question, about what legislative changes have been made in other jurisdictions and what the options will be in the territory,” she stated.

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