Bus stop bashing: accused on parole
LISA DAVIES, NICK RALSTON, MEGAN LEVY
A man accused of an attempted rape and stabbing at a Sydney bus stop was out of jail on parole for murder.
The 46-year-old man, who is due to face court on Thursday, was jailed for a murder in 1990, but had since been released on parole.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Corrective Services said the State Parole Authority had already moved to revoke his parole effective immediately.
The woman was waiting at a bus stop in Sydney's lower north shore on Wednesday when she was allegedly punched and stabbed by a man who then attempted to undress her and rape her on a street, police said.
A passing motorist who saw the 30-year-old woman being attacked just after 6pm in Hunters Hill called triple-0 and tried to help the woman, who allegedly had been dragged to the ground and stabbed in the shoulder with a pocket knife.
The woman's alleged attacker was attempting to pull off the woman's clothes when police arrived at the bus stop on Alexandra Street, which is located next to Hunters Hill Public School near the intersection with Stanley Road.
Officers say they were forced to use capsicum spray and Taser the 46-year-old man, who allegedly lashed out at police when they tried to arrest him.
A probationary constable was allegedly punched in the face during the confrontation.
The woman and injured officer were treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to Royal North Shore Hospital for treatment.
The woman suffered a punctured lung, a fractured cheekbone and bruising, and remained in hospital on Thursday morning.
The police officer received two stitches for a cut to his lip and was later released from hospital.
A NSW Police spokeswoman said the woman was simply waiting at the bus stop when she was set upon by the man, who she did not know.
The spokeswoman said the man initially had approached the woman and struck up a conversation with her before allegedly physically assaulting her.
The woman fought back and screamed but was stabbed in the shoulder, before the passing motorist intervened. Neighbours also heard the woman's screams and rushed outside to help.
Police cordoned off the bus shelter on Wednesday night and forensically examined the area.
The accused was taken to Ryde Police Station where he was charged with inflict actual bodily harm with intent to have sexual intercourse, reckless wounding and assault police causing actual bodily harm.
He was refused bail to appear in Parramatta Local Court on Thursday.
- Sydney Morning Herald