APPEAL: Police have charged a man over a series of sexual assaults at Riverlink Shopping Centre. They believe there could be more victims.
APPEAL: Police have charged a man over a series of sexual assaults at Riverlink Shopping Centre. They believe there could be more victims. Claudia Baxter

Sexual assault charge for groping shoppers at Riverlink

A COOMINYA man has been charged following an investigation into women being sexually assaulted while going about their business at Riverlink Shopping Centre.

Police believe there are more victims than those who have already come forward.

Ipswich Child Protection and Investigation Unit head Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Williams said the alleged offences were committed against women aged 15 and upwards.

He urged any other women who believe they were assaulted at the centre to contact Yamanto police station.

"That girl, 15, was a shop assistant and she was left quite shocked and traumatised," he said.

"The man is accused of grabbing at women's buttocks and rubbing himself against them.

"The women involved have pushed the offender away and told him to go away in no uncertain terms."

Peter William Marshall, 55, fronted Ipswich Magistrates Court on Wednesday after being charged on Tuesday with six counts of sexual assault, indecent treatment of a child and stealing.

The alleged attacks occurred over a three-week period between March 28 and April 11, 2016 at various locations throughout the centre.

His legal representative told the court during a bail application there were concerns surrounding Mr Marshall's mental health and if released on bail he would be admitted to Ipswich Hospital for an assessment.

She said Mr Marshall was not in a show cause position and had no criminal history.

"He plans to reside at an address in Maryvale, near Warwick, if he is released on bail," she said.

"He says he is also prepared to stay away from Riverlink Shopping Centre."

The court heard the alleged offences occurred after Mr Marshall had an argument with the person he was living with.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess granted Mr Marshall bail, albeit under a host of strict conditions.

Those conditions include he does not enter Riverlink Shopping Centre, attend all medical appointments and comply with the reasonable directions of medical practitioners.

The case will return to court on July 13.


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