Woman woke to find strange man in bed

A NORTH Albury man will stand trial over a home invasion at Lavington last year during which a woman was allegedly indecently assaulted.

Matthew Dudley Lewis appeared in Albury Local Court yesterday through a video-link from a Sydney jail.

Lewis, 31, is charged with aggravated breaking and entering committing a serious indictable offence, aggravated break and enter knowing someone was present, committing an act of indecency with a person aged over 16 and assault with an act of indecency.

The charges have been pending since his arrest last year.

Director of Public Prosecutions’ Andrew Hanshaw provided a police brief of evidence to magistrate Tony Murray, outlining the alleged circumstances of what happened.

A woman, 20, living at a Lavington unit, awoke 2.14am on March 20 and saw a man in her bed, to the left of where she was lying.

The woman had at first thought it was a male friend, but then realised the man was bigger and taller than her friend.

She felt a hand on her inner thigh and moved away from the man.

The man kissed the woman on the mouth.

She saw that her bedroom door was open and got out of bed.

When Lewis allegedly asked where she was going, the woman said she would be back.

She ran towards the door, flicked the light on and looked back, but did not recognise the man.

The woman went to her flatmate’s room and said there was a man in her bedroom.

Her flatmate rang triple-0 and began answering the operator’s questions.

The victim heard Lewis walk downstairs before he returned upstairs as police vehicles arrived.

Police began talking to the man and he was taken downstairs after being arrested.

Magistrate Tony Murray said that after considering the brief, there was sufficient evidence for Lewis to stand trial.

His case was adjourned for a District Court call-over before the next sittings, starting in Albury on February 16.

Lewis did not make an application for bail.