Court hears man touched girl through window as she slept
A BUNDABERG man accused of a terrifying crime in which police allege he broke into a 17-year-old girl's room and touched her during the night is expected to apply for bail on Friday.
Nicholaas Aaron Bailey, 24, was arrested and charged with sexual assault and entering a dwelling with intent at night on Monday after police caught up with him a few hours after the alleged incident.
Bundaberg Police Criminal Investigations Branch Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Andrew Tucker said police alleged Bailey had leaned through the window of a Burnett St home in the early hours of Monday morning.
"It is alleged he put his arm through the window and touched a 17-year-old female while she was sleeping," Det Snr Sgt Tucker said.
The man is alleged to have fled the scene after the young woman woke up.
"As a result of investigations, detectives from Bundaberg CIB have located and charged him," Det Snr Sgt Tucker said.
Bailey was brought before Bundaberg Magistrates Court this morning and opted to wait until Friday to have his bail application heard when he would have the opportunity to be represented by a duty lawyer.
In court, police prosecutor Senior Constable Vicki Kennedy-Grills said police would strongly be objecting to Bailey's bail application.
"There is a strong objection to bail and we will be definitely fighting very hard to keep him in custody," Snr Const Kennedy-Grills told Magistrate Deb Vasta.
Mrs Vasta warned Bailey that he would only get one chance to apply for bail.
"These are very, very serious allegations," she told him.
The matter was adjourned until Friday morning.
Det Snr Sgt Tucker urged members of the community to review their home security.
"Given the very hot weather it's obviously hard for people to keep their doors and windows locked however we would urge them to review their security of doors and windows and consider installing security screens or limiting how far windows can be opened," he said.