A man is facing 13 serious domestic violence-related offences after a series of alleged attacks on the same woman on the Sunshine Coast including in front of her young son.
Queensland police said the man went to the woman’s home near Caloundra around 10am on Friday and allegedly physically assaulted her over a “prolonged period”.
“During this time, the woman was allegedly strangled, causing her to lose consciousness, raped and held against her will,” police said in a statement today.
“The woman suffered significant injuries as a result of the alleged assault.”
She “escaped” and reported the incident to the police who began investigating.
However, around 8.30am on Monday, the same woman was walking along Queen St at Kings Beach with her young son when she noticed the man. Police allege he was following them.
“The man caught up with the pair and allegedly assaulted the woman while armed with a knife, stealing her handbag during the altercation,” police said.
The woman and her son sought refuge at a nearby business. They were not physically injured.
Police raided a home near Caloundra on Monday afternoon and arrested a 54-year-old man.
He was charged with two counts each of rape, assault occasioning bodily harm and strangulation. The man was also charged with four counts of aggravated breach of a Domestic Violence Protection Order and one count each of deprivation of liberty, threatening violence and stealing.
The man was denied bail and is due to face Maroochydore Magistrates Court today.