26 November 2022

Westfield store employee to face court over alleged rape of customer

| James Coleman
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Westfield Belconnen

Westfield Belconnen. Photo: Westfield Belconnen, Facebook.

CONTENT WARNING: This article discusses sexual intercourse without consent.

An employee of a retail store in Westfield Belconnen will face the ACT Magistrates Court today after allegedly having sex with a female customer without consent.

Police allege about 5 pm on Thursday, 3 November, the 28-year-old man from Phillip closed the store’s security shutters and began taking photographs of a woman in the store while she was out of view of the public.

The man is alleged to have encouraged the woman to enter a small office at the rear of the store, and then engaged in sexual intercourse with her, without her consent.

The woman attended hospital after the incident and underwent a forensic medical examination, later reporting the matter to police.

On 25 November, 2022, police executed a search warrant at the store and arrested the man. He is charged with one count of engaging in sexual intercourse without consent.

Police urge any victims of sexual assault to report these criminal activities.

If you have been affected by sexual violence, or know someone who has, you can report to police by attending a police station or calling 131 444, or speak with the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre on 02 6287 3618.

You can also submit an online report for historical sexual assault for incidents that occurred more than six months ago.

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