Man accused of sex, car attacks on women

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A man has fronted court charged with the attempted rape of a woman at a Melbourne nightclub after a New Year's Eve party.

Brandon Arfaoui, 22, also appeared on separate charges of assaulting another young woman, after he allegedly drove along a suburban Melbourne street with her clinging to the bonnet of his car.

Arfaoui was arrested on Tuesday morning over an incident at Prahran's Love Machine nightclub in the early hours of January 1 last year when he locked a woman in a toilet cubicle with him after offering her drugs.

Detective Senior Constable Michael Fawcett said Arfaoui had told the woman she could pay for the drugs she was going to use by performing oral sex.

He tried to kiss her and the woman tried to back away, but was blocked by the locked door, the officer told Melbourne Magistrates Court.

Arfaoui sexually assaulted and kissed the woman while she pushed him away and repeatedly told him no, before he ejaculated on the floor. He handed the woman a pill, which she flushed, and left.

Det Sen Const Fawcett said another woman was raped in the same cubicle a short time later and Arfaoui's DNA was found on that woman's underwear, but he had been excluded from the investigation.

Arfaoui is charged with attempted rape, sexual assault and sexual assault with intention to rape.

Another detective, Anthony Hermans, told the court that Arfaoui was also facing charges including reckless conduct endangering serious injury in a motor vehicle after an incident on Sunday.

He said Arfaoui had demanded to use a car belonging to a woman he knew but she refused.

Fearing Arfaoui would assault her the woman ran outside where he threw her to the ground, punched her and bit her hand to get her keys, Det Hermans said.

The woman got on the bonnet of the car to stop Arfaoui driving it but he allegedly took off, driving down several streets while braking hard in an attempt to throw her off.

The woman was heard screaming "help, he's going to kill me one day".

Det Hermans said Arfaoui eventually stopped and pulled the woman from the car and punched her in the face, chest and back before taking an Uber from the scene.

Arfaoui, who is on bail for five unrelated matters, has made an application for bail before magistrate Ross Maxted.

His lawyer Samuel Russo is expected to argue his case in a continuing hearing on Thursday.

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