VIC Police Appeal For Info After The Sexual Assault Of A Woman In Carlton

Victoria Police have appealed to the public for any information regarding the sexual assault of a woman that occurred on Lygon Street in the inner-Melbourne suburb of Carlton last weekend.

Police assert the victim, aged in her 30s, had taken a taxi from the Melbourne CBD with a friend – also aged in her 30s – at about 4am on Sunday morning. The taxi dropped the pair off near the corner of Lygon and Grattan Streets.

One woman entered a nearby convenience store, leaving the victim on an opposite street corner, at which time the duo became separated.

Police state that around 30 minutes afterwards, at approximately 4:30am, the woman was picked up and taken to an unknown location where she was then sexually assaulted.

The victim arrived home in the northern suburbs at around 5:30am. Her partner is said to have taken her to hospital and notified police at that time.

VIC Police officials believe there were a number of people in the area who may have seen the victim at around the time of the incident.

In particular, police are searching for three men caught on CCTV in the area at the time, as well as the drivers of a silver ute. The men are strictly being treated as witnesses at this stage, and police have released footage in an effort to track them down.

Another man walking past the area at the time is being sought as a potential witness to the incident.

Sexual Crimes Squad head Detective Inspector Steve Wilson said police were still trying to piece together what actually happened to the victim, making the appeal for public information was a vital step in the process.

We’re keen to speak to anyone who saw anything suspicious or unusual in the area around Lygon and Grattan Streets around 4.30am. There were still a number of people around at that time so we’re hopeful someone will have information that can assist with our investigation.

It’s enormously concerning whenever someone is sexually assaulted, however I understand that this will be particularly worrying for people who live around that area given recent events.

I want to reassure the community that we are doing absolutely everything we can to identify those responsible for this matter. Sexual Crimes Squad detectives are also liaising closely with local police.

People have the right to go out at night and enjoy themselves in our city – for a young woman’s night to end this way is absolutely unacceptable. Again, I’d urge anyone with any information at all to come forward and speak to police, as even the smallest detail could prove crucial.

The incident occurred a stone’s throw from the site of Eurydice Dixon‘s rape and murder in nearby Princes Park last week, and follows on from an unrelated sexual assault in neighbouring suburb Parkville in late March.

Anyone with information regarding this latest reprehensible attack should contact Crime Stoppers immediately.