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Man accused of sex assault and kidnapping hid in wall cavity: cops

A man accused of a string of sex assault crimes hid inside a wall cavity behind a book shelf while detectives were searching his home, police will allege.Earlier this month detectives launched an investigation after receiving allegations a 37-year-old woman had been sexually abused on an ongoing basis, between July and August 2020, by a…

A man accused of a string of sex assault crimes hid inside a wall cavity behind a book shelf while detectives were searching his home, police will allege.

Earlier this month detectives launched an investigation after receiving allegations a 37-year-old woman had been sexually abused on an ongoing basis, between July and August 2020, by a man known to her.

Officers went to a property in St Marys, in Sydney’s west, to speak with a 43-year-old man the following day.

While there police say they searched the home seizing “several items of interest” including mobile phones.

It will be alleged that, during the search, the man was hiding in a concealed wall cavity behind a bookshelf at the home.

On Thursday specialist tactical resources, including the dog squad, were called in to conduct another search of the property.

This time investigators seized several items including a mobile phone, duct tape and documents which will undergo forensic examination.

Officers also found a dog at the property which was taken to a nearby vet for treatment.

It was during the second search the 43-year-old man was arrested and taken to Penrith Police Station, where he was charged with 13 offences, including having sexual intercourse without consent, aggravated sexual assault, detaining a person and stalking and intimidation.

He was refused bail and will appear at Penrith Local Court on Friday.

Investigations continue.

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