A Victorian teenager has denied claims he sexually assaulted several women at a Gold Coast beach, blaming surf and wind conditions for the contact with the alleged victims.
The 18-year-old Pakistan national has been charged with seven counts of sexual assault, two counts of attempted rape and four counts of common assault.
Southport Magistrates Court heard today that the alleged assaults happened in surf between the red and yellow flags at popular Surfers Paradise beach around midday on Tuesday.
Eight women have claimed the man assaulted them.
The court heard he allegedly attempted to insert a finger in the vaginas of two of the women.
Magistrate John Costanzo told the court the man had attempted to explain the contact with the women as accidental and a result of “heavy surf and wind conditions”.
Mr Costanzo, who denied the Geelong man’s bail application, said that explanation seemed implausible.
“The crown will argue that’s the most unfortunate conspiracy of circumstances in history,” he said.
Mr Costanzo deemed the trainee mechanic, who was on holiday with a family friend at the time of the alleged assaults, an unacceptable risk of re-offending.
“My view of the facts in this case is the crown case appears to be quite strong in the allegation of eight separate brazen and repeated sexual assaults and attempted rape,” he said.
“It’s an indication of a person having great difficulty controlling their sexual instincts.”
The matter has been adjourned until February 11.
source: The Australian