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A woman attacked after asking a shop customer to wear a face mask at Bomaderry


A man has been charged after allegedly attacking a female shop worker after he refused to wear a face mask in a shop.

Police allege the man entered a store on Lyndhurst Drive, Bomaderry, without a face mask on.

The man was asked by a staff member to put on a mask to comply with COVID-19 regulations before he placed his motorcycle helmet on.

He was again asked to put on a mask before he allegedly became aggressive and hit two panels of glass at the front of the store, causing them to smash.

The man left the store and was followed outside by a staff member, where they were involved in a verbal altercation before the man allegedly tackled the 50-year-old female employee to the ground.

A nearby witness attempted to stop the man, but he fled the scene on his motorcycle.

The woman was taken to Shoalhaven Hospital for treatment of a fractured pelvis.

Officers attached to South Coast Police District were notified and following inquiries, stopped the motorcycle on Meroo Road, Bomaderry, and arrested the 19-year-old rider.


He was taken to Nowra Police Station before being taken to hospital for assessment.

He is charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possess a prohibited drug, destroy or damage property, and not wear a fitted face-covering in a business or retail premises.

He has been bailed to appear in Nowra Local Court on Monday 27 September 2021.

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Bomaderry Service Station robbery arrest


A man has been charged over an alleged robbery in Bomaderry earlier this week.

Just after 9 pm on Monday the 30th of August, a man entered a service station on the Princes Highway at Bomaderry and allegedly demanded cash from a female employee.

The man stole cash before leaving the area and was last seen heading north on the Princes Highway in a black Holden Commodore sedan.

Officers attached to the South Coast Police District attended a short time later and established a crime scene.

Following inquiries, a 30-year-old man attended Nowra Police Station just before 3 pm yesterday.

He was subsequently arrested and charged with robbery, and demand property with menaces with intent to steal.

The Bangalee man was refused bail to appear in Nowra Local Court today.

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Detective hopes the parents of a Sanctuary Point murder victim feel some sort of justice after two arrests




Homicide Squad, Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Walpole, thanked members of the public for their support and information provided to police following an appeal for information into the murder of 49-year-old David McArthur.

At about 8 pm on Sunday 25 July 2021, emergency services were called to a caravan park on Ethel Street at Sanctuary Point, following reports of a stabbing.


Upon arrival, officers entered a cabin and located David McArthur with a stab wound to his chest.

Officers attempted CPR however, he could not be revived and died at the scene.

A second man has been charged with murder following an investigation by Homicide Squad detectives.

The 41-year-old Nowra man was refused bail when he appeared before Nowra local court last week.

On Wednesday, October 20, detectives attended a correctional facility at Silverwater and charged a 39-year-old man with murder.

He remains before the courts.

“Detectives have worked tirelessly to put those responsible for David’s murder before a court, however the resulting arrests this week would not have been possible without the Sanctuary Point community’s ongoing assistance,” Det Ch Insp Walpole said.


He said, “David died because of an unnecessary act of violence and I’m hopeful his extended family and his parents, Susan and Stuart, feel as though some justice has taken place this week.”


Investigations under Strike Force Frawley continue.

Anyone with information that may assist investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Former religious youth leader faces multiple alleged historical sex abuse charges


A man has been charged with more than 30 child sex offences following an investigation into the historical alleged abuse of multiple teenage boys over more than two decades.

In July 2019, detectives from South Coast Police District commenced an investigation after receiving reports a teenage boy was sexually assaulted by a man who was known to him while at a youth group in the Nowra area on numerous occasions between 1968 and 1981.

During the course of the investigation, police received information that a further five boys had been sexually assaulted by a man while under his care at religious youth groups in Nowra, Bomaderry, and Kings Cross between 1968 and 1990.

Following extensive investigations, a 68-year-old man, who was a former youth worker, was issued a Court Attendance Notice on Thursday 10 June 2021 for 33 offences including buggery, indecent assault, sexual assault and incite indecent act on a person.

The man, from Northgate in Queensland, is due to appear at Nowra Local Court today.

Inquiries continue.

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New Sheriff in town


Twenty-five new Probationary Sheriff’s Officers will be deployed to work at courthouses across the state following an attestation ceremony on 20 May, including a new graduates assigned to the Shoalhaven and Illawarra.

Parliamentary Secretary and Member for South Coast, Shelley Hancock MP welcomed the addition of a Probationary Sheriff’s Officer to both Wollongong and Nowra Courthouse.

“We want to ensure our community feels safe when attending court, so it is great to see a new recruits commencing their duty,” Mrs Hancock said.

She said, “Not only will our new Probationary Sheriff’s Officer help keep operations running smoothly at their respective courthouse, but they will also carry out important work administering Court Orders in the community.”

Police seize an air rifle and drugs after pulling over an unregistered motorcyclist


A man is due before Nowra Local Court charged with seven offences after his arrest at Sanctuary Point.

Police were patrolling Idlewild Avenue on Tuesday evening when saw a motorcyclist riding on the footpath without a helmet.

It's alleged he was also carrying a long object wrapped in fabric.

Officers pulled him over to speak with him and noticed the 26-year-old no longer had the object with him.

Police were approached by a man who handed them the long object that had been discarded nearby, which was found to be an air rifle.

Further checks revealed the motorcycle was unregistered and the man was allegedly in possession of methylamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

The alleged offender was taken to Nowra Police station and charged with seven offences including not keep a firearm safely, possess an unregistered firearm in a public place, and possess a prohibited drug.

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Shoalhaven teenager facing multiple charges


A teenager will appear in court charged with a string of alleged property offences following an armed robbery on the state’s South Coast.

Officers attached to South Coast Police District commenced an investigation following the alleged robbery of a bakery on Paradise Beach Road, Sanctuary Point, about 6.20am on Friday last week.

Investigators were also notified of an alleged theft from a hotel on Kinghorne Street, Nowra, about 5.20am yesterday, where a woman’s handbag was stolen.

Following inquiries, police arrested an 18-year-old man in the carpark of a shopping centre on East Street, Nowra, about 8.30am yesterday.

It will be alleged the man violently struggled with officers, kicking a female senior constable.

He was restrained and taken to Nowra Police Station where he was charged with more than 35 offences including robbery while armed with dangerous weapon, aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence - people there, aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence, enter inclosed land not prescribed premises without lawful excuse, six counts of break and enter house and steal, 13 counts of larceny, five counts dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception, be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner, two counts of shoplifting, resist officer in execution of duty, assault officer in execution of duty, possess prohibited drug, and breach of bail.

The teen has been refused bail to appear at Nowra Local Court today.

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