NSW man charged in sex assault cold case

Farid FaridAAP
A man has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman at Byron Bay, NSW in 1998.
Camera IconA man has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman at Byron Bay, NSW in 1998. Credit: AAP

A man has been charged with sexually assaulting and abducting a woman at Byron Bay on the NSW north coast nearly 25 years ago.

The woman, then 23, was at home when she was confronted by a man unknown to her on the night of October 23, 1998.

The woman was assaulted, sexually assaulted, threatened and detained by the man for a period of time before he left, police said.

The case was reopened last year following a cold case review, resulting in police arresting a 49-year-old man in South Grafton on Wednesday.

He has been charged with aggravated break and enter, aggravated sex assault inflicting bodily harm and forcible abduction of a woman with intent.

He was refused bail to appear at Grafton Local Court on Thursday, where he was formally refused bail to appear at Byron Bay Local Court on Monday.

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