- YEAR after seeking asylum in Australia, a man allegedly twice sexually assaulted a teenage girl he met through church, a court heard yesterday.
Jayakodiarchige Appuhamy, 25, was formally refused bail after he was charged on Monday with two counts of aggravated sexual assault.
Blacktown Local Court was told yesterday “the accused arrived in Australian waters seeking refuge from Sri Lanka in August 2012.”
Court documents say Appuhamy, who has a wife still living in Sri Lanka, had sex with a 15 year old girl on August 22 and 23 “without consent and knowing she was not consenting.”
The pair met through the church, the court was told.
Appuhamy is currently on a temporary bridging visa, and faces immediate deportation if convicted.
“The accused does not have any times to the community,” documents before the court say.
Police documents say it is “a strong prosecution case” but Appuhamy has indicated through a lawyer that he wishes to apply for bail in coming weeks.
The charges can carry up to 25 years in jail.
The case was adjourned until September 19 at Parramatta Local Court.