Aussie woman, who claims she was abused by a stranger, has settled her claims with the Australian Federal Police
A Sydney woman who says she was assaulted by a homeless man who claimed to be her neighbour’s pet has agreed to pay him $100,000.
Key points:The man claimed to have a “cute” dog who was a pet of the man who attacked her in 2013The woman claims the man left the scene of the incident without giving her the dog’s nameThe man has not been charged over the assault and has pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault and battery.
The man, who has not yet been identified, has a “catty” personality and has a history of violence, the woman told the ABC.
She claimed she was walking along the footpath near the man’s house when she encountered him in the middle of the night and he took off his clothes, touching her, before she went to call her father.
The woman said she felt uncomfortable and ran to a nearby house to call for help.
She said her father came and sat on a bench and told her the man had hit her and he had a dog.
“He said he’d taken my dog from me.
I was a bit confused and then he started to cry and he asked me why I’d run away,” she said.”
My father was crying and he was very apologetic and said ‘you know, I know what happened’.”
After a few minutes of silence, the man began to leave the house and return.
“I was afraid for my safety, but I knew he wasn’t a threat,” she added.
“We decided to call police, and we took him to a police station.
He told us that he’d had a catty personality and would hit people, and that he would do this all the time.”
She said police arrived at the scene and took him into custody.
“They told me to tell the police and I did that, but they weren’t interested,” she told ABC’s 7.30.
“Then I thought I’d call the police again, but then I thought they might come to the house to ask me about the cat.”
After the man was arrested, he was placed in the care of a local dog rescue and placed in an isolation unit.
He has since been released from custody and will face court again on May 23, 2018.
“That was really upsetting, and I’ve never been in this situation in my life, so I thought it was very upsetting and I really wanted to find a way to get away from him,” she explained.
“But I didn’t want to let him go free, so that’s why I came to the agreement with the police.”
Ms Smith is now preparing to start her new life as a homeless person.
“It was a lot of heartache and anger,” she continued.
“When you’re living on the streets and you’re not able to go anywhere, it’s really hard.
I’ve lost my home and my job.”
The man will have to pay the $100k plus court costs, and he has a criminal record that means he’s out on the street for a long time.
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