Woman held down at knifepoint in ‘horrific’ sexual assault by two men in Rockhampton


November 06, 2018 14:40:52

Police are hunting two men after a “horrific” sexual assault of a 25-year-old woman who was dragged into an alley and held down at knifepoint in Rockhampton in central Queensland.

The woman was walking home from a friend’s house in Rockhampton about 1:00am when she was grabbed by two men.

Police said the woman was threatened with a pig-hunting knife and sexually assaulted.

Dog squad officers were called to the scene in East Lane, just south of Rockhampton’s CBD shortly after the incident but failed to turn up any leads.

Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey said it was a random and vicious attack.

“It’s horrific — it’s one of the worst we’ve seen where not only has violence been threatened but a knife was used and held towards the woman against her will,” Detective Senior Sergeant Peachey said.

“Also the fact that another male has assisted in holding her down while she was sexually assaulted.”

Police said the pair fled on foot and the woman was taken to Rockhampton Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

“A cordon was set up and a track was attempted however at this stage it hasn’t led us to any further avenues,” Detective Senior Sergeant Peachy said.

He said police were appealing for any witnesses who might have been in the area around that time to come forward.

“It might be that they were out last night at a certain time doing whatever and they saw someone running away from the area around that time, it would just assist us greatly,” he said.

“We’ll obviously be working very vigilantly in trying to detect who these people are and we hope that with the evidence that we’ve obtained from the forensic procedures that we’ve conducted that we’ll be able to bring this to a very swift conclusion.”

Detective Senior Sergeant Peachey said the woman had been visiting a friend’s house in Bolsover Street and was walking home to her house when the attack happened.

“We’d ask people if you are out at night, just make sure that you buddy up with someone else and try not to be caught out in the streets by yourself,” he said.

“I’m not saying in any instance that this is the fault of this woman, but we’d just encourage people that if they are out on the streets to make sure they are with someone else.”

The woman is expected to give a formal statement to police later today.

“The mental scars will probably be there for a long time,” Detective Senior Sergeant Peachey said.

“We’re obviously working very closely with her and will offer her all the support services we can.”






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