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Charges laid after teenage girl assaulted while orienteering - Lower North Shore

Thursday, 23 December 2021 04:19:27 AM

A man has been charged over the alleged assault of a teenage girl who was orienteering in Sydney’s Lower North Shore earlier this month.

About 6.10pm on Tuesday 7 December 2021, a 16-year-old girl – who was orienteering in the Lane Cove National Park at Thornleigh – was allegedly grabbed on the arm and throat by an unknown man.

The girl was rendered unconscious and located a short time later by other runners in the orienteering group.

She sustained injuries to her head and neck and was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital for treatment. She has since been released.

Officers from Ku-ring-gai Police Area Command attended and conducted an extensive canvass of the area; however, no one was located.


Following extensive inquiries, officers attached to North West Metropolitan Police Transport Command arrested a 24-year-old old man at Parramatta Railway Station about 8am on Tuesday 14 December 2021.

He was taken to Parramatta Police Station and charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and intentionally choke person with recklessness.

The man appeared at Parramatta Local Court the same day, where he was formally refused bail to reappear at the same court today (Thursday 23 December 2021).