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A WOMAN has been sexually assaulted and a man was punched and assaulted while walking along a footpath in Jindabyne, one early morning last week.
The woman, 22, and the man, 25, were walking along a footpath on Kosciuszko Road after leaving a nearby licensed premises when they were approached by unknown men opposite Foreshore Park.
It was about 1.30am on Thursday, July 5, when the man was knocked unconscious after being punched in the head, before the woman was physically and sexually assaulted by one of the men.
After the man regained consciousness, he attempted to help the woman, but was again assaulted.
A short time later, the man flagged down a passing vehicle and the unknown men fled the scene.
Paramedics treated the pair at the scene for serious facial injuries before the woman was taken to Canberra Hospital for treatment and examination, while the man was taken to Cooma Hospital for treatment.
Police are now appealing to identify a man they believe may be able to assist with the investigation.
He is described as being about 180cm tall and of solid build. At the time, he was wearing a light-coloured, baggy, hooded jumper.
Child abuse and sex crimes squad commander, detective acting superintendent Tom Barnes, also appealed for anyone who was driving in the area early on Thursday morning to check their dash-cam.
“Investigators are seeking dash-cam vision from anyone driving in the vicinity of Kosciuszko Road, and Kalkite and Clyde Streets, between 1am and 2am on Thursday,” he says.
“We would also like to speak to anyone who may have been out earlier on Wednesday evening and noticed something suspicious – or someone acting suspiciously.”
Monaro police district commander, acting superintendent Sandra Green, says while the local community welcomes visitors throughout the snow season, they will not tolerate acts of violence or anyone causing harm to locals or tourists.
“The Snowies is a popular destination at this time of year, and we have an increased police presence to ensure everyone who visits can enjoy our ski fields and surrounds safely and without fear of violent or anti-social behaviour,” she says.
“We have a close-knit community, who have already provided investigators with significant assistance in the investigation, and we expect anyone who has any information relevant to this incident to come forward.
“Any information you may have can be provided to local police or to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333000.”
Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page nsw.crimestoppers.com.