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Sleeping woman allegedly sexually assaulted

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A 48-year-old man will face Perth Children’s Court over historical sexual assault allegations. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Tertius Pickard

A Queensland man has been extradited to Western Australia over allegations he sexually assaulted a sleeping woman in her home during a forced break in more than 30 years ago.

Special Crime Squad Homicide officers allege the 48-year-old man, who was 17 years old at the time, broke into a Embleton home in Perth between 4am and 4.30am on April 17, 1992.

The complainant, a 23 year old woman, was asleep in the house at the time.

She was woken up by the man, who was armed with a knife, before being allegedly bound and sexually assaulted a number of times.

A 48-year-old Queensland man will face Perth Children’s Court over historical sexual assault allegations. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Sharon Smith
A 48-year-old Queensland man will face Perth Children’s Court over historical sexual assault allegations. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Sharon Smith

The 48-year-old man was arrested and charged on Wednesday with a two counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count each of aggravated burglary to commit an offence, deprivation of liberty, and attempted sexually penetrated another person without consent.

He was extradited from Queensland to Western Australia on Friday and is expected to appear before Perth Children’s Court on Saturday.

Detective Inspector Darryl Cox said WA Police had never given up in their investigations.

“Although these offences occurred over 31 years ago, we have remained committed to actively investigating them,” he said.

“Advances in policing technology and forensics have enabled us to identify an alleged offender, track down their location and bring these matters before the courts.”