Man accused of sex attack to go to trial

A MAN accused of sexually attacking a female stranger in an Armidale street has been committed to stand trial.

Harley Jones will fight one charge of aggravated sexual assault inflicting actual bodily harm following the alleged incident on January 19 this year.

Jones appeared via video link in Armidale Local Court last week for the brief proceedings where he was ordered to stand trial in the district court.

The 20-year-old allegedly attacked a 32-year-old woman in Brown St just before 10pm. 

Following the setting up of a crime scene, police arrested Jones shortly after at an Armidale address, and he’s been behind bars since.

As part of the crown case, investigators allege they discovered clothing matching the description of the attacker given by witnesses, as well as statements from associates of Jones and CCTV footage from around the time of the alleged attack. If convicted of the charge, Jones faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

Jones had a fresh application for bail refused last month after police claimed he was allegedly preparing to flee the state if he was released.

The claim stemmed from a taped phone call between Jones and his mother.

A brief of evidence has been tendered with the case to return to court in October to select a trial date. Jones remains in custody.

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