Snowy sex attacks linked to drink spiking
SEXUAL assaults are being linked to drink spiking in the Snowy Mountains town of Jindabyne.
A 41-year-old woman was sexually assaulted late on Wednesday night after she had been drinking with friends at a hotel on Kosciuszko Rd and went with a man to a nearby residence for a drink.
On Friday, a 21-year-old woman was drinking alone at a hotel on Kosciuszko Rd when she was befriended by a group of males at the front bar.
She left the hotel with two men from the group shortly before 1am on Saturday and later woke up in bushland after possibly being sexually assaulted.
Monaro Police Inspector, Tony Hill, says unscrupulous people are more likely to lurk around popular nightspots during the ski season.
“This (spiking) is a serious offence and offenders can face hefty fines and a prison term of two years,” he says in a statement.
“If other offences, like assault and robbery or sexual assault are also committed as a result of the spiking, the penalties will be more severe.”
Patrons are being advised not to leave food or drinks unattended, and not to accept beverages or food from strangers.