Police in Westbourne have arrested a 24-year-old man for allegedly running a ‘touristic escort’ business, posing as a young woman and ‘possessing a number of illegal weapons’.
Key points:Police allege a woman used the company to lure young people to meet men on the internetPolice say they are treating the case as ‘serious’ and are appealing for witnesses to come forwardPolice are investigating whether a ‘giant spider’ has been found attached to the premisesThe man, from Northamptonshire, allegedly posed as a woman and obtained firearms, according to police and the court heard.
The woman, who is not being named, had been travelling to Queensland with her boyfriend and was allegedly meeting the man online, before he allegedly threatened her and threatened to harm her.
Police allege she posed as the man and took photographs and video with his gun and ammunition, which she sold to a man in Sydney.
The man then allegedly met a young girl in Sydney who was travelling to Brisbane with a man who was in Queensland.
Detectives from Westbourne police were alerted to the incident and a member of the public contacted them.
Detectors from West Sussex Police also attended the address and discovered the woman had also been posing as the woman and was carrying guns and ammunition.
The court heard she allegedly used the site to lure the young people she was meeting and offered to pay for their dates, according the New South Wales Crime Commission.
The accused man was arrested on Thursday night and charged with aggravated assault, possession of firearms with intent to endanger life and carrying a firearm in a public place.
Police are appealing to anyone who was at the address at the time of the alleged offences to contact them.