- ACT Policing has released a facefit of a male offender involved in the sexual assault of a 20-year-old victim in a Civic car park around 12.30am on Sunday (April 5).
The victim was attacked whilst leaving her vehicle in a London Circuit car park after having driven to the city. The offender held a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her if she sought help.
The offender is described as male, approximately 6’ (183cm) tall, late 20s, European in appearance, with a muscular build, dark eyes, a large nose, a mostly shaved head with a curly pony-tail which was light brown or blonde in colour. He is also described as having a “tribal” style tattoo around his left upper arm and wearing black track pants with white stripes down the side, a black t-shirt and white sneakers.
The victim was able to escape from the offender and run into the City centre. She later reported the incident to police at Woden station.
- Three Canberra teenagers were fortunate to escape serious harm after the vehicle in which they were travelling left the roadway and became airborne, only coming to rest after being wedged between two trees.
The incident occurred about 1.45pm on Monday (April 6) in Wanniassa after the vehicle, driven by an 18-year-old male, swerved off the southbound lanes of Taverner Street, near Laurens Street.
The vehicle plunged off the road and into a pedestrian underpass below, landing on a rock embankment. It then continued up the embankment before becoming wedged between two trees and knocking over a third.
The ACT Policing Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team attended the scene and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident. Officers from ACT Ambulance and ACT Fire Brigade also attended.
All three occupants of the vehicle were taken to The Canberra Hospital suffering minor injuries.
Initial police investigations have revealed that the driver was allegedly swerving the vehicle side to side on purpose moments before the collision, causing him to lose control.
A/Superintendent Traffic Operations Daryl Neit says this incident highlights the real and serious dangers associated with skylarking whilst in control of a vehicle, and how stupidity can be just as dangerous as drink-driving or speeding.
“This incident could have very easily led to the death of not one but three young people, not to mention the danger it put pedestrians in. The footpath along that road is a major thoroughfare that leads to a number of schools, therefore it is regularly used by children”, A/Supt Neit said.
“All parents of driving-age children should use this incident as an opportunity to talk to their child and to highlight the potentially fatal consequences of displaying shear stupidity whilst in charge of a motor vehicle”, he said.
If you can help police contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.