A man was arrested this week in South Australia, and was finally charged for brutally bashing and sexually assaulting a young woman at a Parramatta nightclub in western Sydney after 20 years.
The 44-year-old man was extradited to New South Wales where he was set to face a Sydney court on charges for the crime he committed to the woman, who was admitted at a hospital with numerous injuries after the incident. However, he did not make an appearance.
Charges that the man is set to face include aggravated sexual assault – inflicting actual bodily harm, inflicting actual bodily harm with intent to have sexual intercourse and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
The man did not apply for bail after he was charged and it was lawfully denied.
Detective Inspector Michael Haddow revealed that the woman was pleased that the matter has been settled but that she still continues to deal with the trauma.
“Even though it happened 20 years ago, it’s still very raw. It affects people deeply,” he said. “This is a very, very serious offence.”
On March 8, 1996, the woman who was 19 at the time of the assault met the man whom she thought knew her boyfriend.
They had a conversation, and when they went outside and headed to the car park, the man became violent and began to physically and sexually assault her.
Local police who were patrolling the area during the early hours of the morning found her unconscious and with severe injuries.
The woman was taken to Westmead Hospital, where she had to have surgery for a brain injury and multiple fractures on her face.
No one was labeled as a person of interest at the time even though extensive research and forensic analysis had been done, according to ABC News.
A further forensic analysis that involved the NSW Sex Crime Squad in November 2015 eventually led to the arrest of the 44-year-old man.