News, Police Rounds

Teenager assaulted after suspected drink spiking

AN investigating is underway into the sexual assault of a young woman following a night out with friends at a Wollongong hotel.

The 18-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by a man at an unknown location – possibly a house – in the early hours of this morning (Thursday January 31).

Police have been told the woman was with friends at a pub in the Wollongong CBD last night when a man bought her a drink.

The victim recalls dancing for a short time at the pub before waking up about 3.45am today to find the man assaulting her. The teenager managed to make her way to Memorial Park at Corrimal where she was picked up by a friend and taken to Wollongong Police Station. She was then taken to Wollongong Hospital for treatment.

Wollongong detectives have launched an investigation into the incident and are examining the possibility the victim’s drink was spiked.  They’re now appealing for public assistance as they try to identify and locate the offender.

Anyone with information about the incident – including anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity at a hotel in Wollongong last night – is urged to call Wollongong Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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