Police are considering an appeal against a court decision to grant bail to the 39-year-old Devonport man, who has been charged with forcible abduction, three counts of rape, three counts of aggravated sexual assault and two counts of indecent assault in connection with the incident on May 6, 2014.
He is facing a separate charge of indecency linked to a reported flashing at Devonport in March, police Inspector Kim Steven told reporters on Thursday.
“We’ve recently obtained forensic and other evidence providing the information we needed to make the arrest – obtained following the act of indecency four weeks ago,” he said.
Detectives launched an intense investigation in 2014 after the girl’s abduction at Latrobe and Insp Steven said it is a relief to have the man in custody.
He recounted scant details of the incident in which the girl was missing for a period and when she got home and told her parents, police were alerted.
“Obviously it’s a traumatic incident, there’s no doubt that the rape of a 12-year-old girl in daylight in a public place – it doesn’t get much worse.” The victim and her family have been told of the man’s arrest and are relieved, Insp Steven said.
The man was granted bail with strict conditions during an after hours court sitting overseen by a justice of the peace on Wednesday night.
“We did oppose the man’s bail … we are currently looking into whether we can appeal that decision,” Insp Steven said.