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Sydney man charged with kidnap of woman

A man who was found hiding in a concealed wall cavity is accused of kidnapping and the ongoing sexual abuse of a woman in Sydney’s west.

On August 13 detectives from Nepean Police Area Command began an investigation following reports a 37-year-old woman had been sexually abused between July and August by a man known to her.

When officers arrived at a home in St Mary’s the next day with a search warrant they seized several items of interest, including mobile phones.

Police will allege that during the search, a 43-year-old man had hidden in a concealed wall cavity behind a bookshelf.

Following further inquiries, detectives – with the assistance from specialist tactical resources, the Dog and Mounted Command, Aviation Command, and the Rescue and Bomb Disposal Unit – attended the home and executed a second search warrant on Thursday .

During the second search, investigators seized more items, including a mobile phone, duct tape and documentation.

A dog at the property was also taken to a nearby veterinary hospital for treatment.

The 43-year-old man was arrested at the home and taken to Penrith Police Station, where he was charged with 13 offences, including sexual intercourse without consent, aggravated sexual assault – and three counts of resist or hinder police officer in the execution of duty, and two outstanding warrants for domestic violence offences.

Police will allege in court the man sexually assaulted and physically abused the woman on an ongoing basis between July 2020 and August 2020.

He was refused bail to appear before Penrith Local Court on Friday.

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