Man appeals Bendigo indecent assault

A BENDIGO man accused of indecently assaulting a woman in the CBD more than two years ago is appealing his conviction.

The man in his late 20s was placed on a 12-month community corrections order in the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court, but he claims it was a case of mistaken identity.

He appeared in the Bendigo County Court on Wednesday where the case was adjourned for a fourth time.

The charge stems from an incident in the early hours of Sunday, June 15, 2014, when a woman claimed a man placed his hand down her top and touched her breast.

The woman’s partner chased the alleged perpetrator down the street and caught him. The woman identified the man as the accused, and the police were called to attend.

The man was found guilty in the Magistrates’ Court after hearing evidence from four witnesses. He appealed the sentence and conviction.

The same witnesses were called to appear in the County Court for the appeal, including the woman’s friend who said she saw the alleged indecent assault, her partner who chased the man down the street, and the police informant.

The appeal is yet to proceed after witnesses were unavailable at earlier hearings, and again on Wednesday.

Judge Jane Campton said it would not be adjourned again, and the appeal will proceed in the Bendigo County Court on October 12.

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