Homeless man drugs young woman and rapes her in public at bus stopBy Mason White 5:56 PM January 1, 2015
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By: Mahesh Sarin
A homeless man was arrested on charges of rape after allegedly drugging and raping a woman in public at a bus stop, police in Australia said.
Melbourne Police said that officers saw 47-year-old Ian Maxwell Martin, rape the 23-year-old drug affected woman in front of passersby on Wednesday.
The incident unfolded at the bus stop near Greensborough Plaza shopping center.
Prosecutors told the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court that five witnesses contacted police that night, and one of them heard the woman scream “Stop. Help. Get off me.”
The attack was captured by a surveillance camera. Martin was also seen assaulting the woman by police officers who arrived at the scene.
Martin had to be forcefully removed from the woman. According to the police investigation, Martin walked the woman to the bus stop after meeting outside the mall.
He offered her a cigarette and went to buy alcohol. When he returned, he encouraged the woman to consume an illegal drug.
The woman complied. When they arrived at the bus stop, the woman was extremely intoxicated. Martin then began assaulting her.
Martin was charged with rape, indecent assault, attempted rape, assault and possession of drugs. Martin was remanded into custody after being denied bail for being a danger to the public.
Martin denied the allegations, saying that the sexual acts were consensual.