A medical doctor has been arrested on suspicion of raping a patient, who was allegedly intoxicated and in pain, in an attack in the Perth CBD.
Key points:A police officer found the 18-year-old unconscious and unconscious on the ground outside a house in the CBD on Tuesday afternoonPolice said the man was believed to be the subject of a sex assault investigationPolice are treating the case as sexual assaultDr David Ayliffe-Chung was arrested on Tuesday morning, and was taken to hospital.
He was charged with sexual assault on a person under the age of 18, sexual penetration of a child, indecent assault and breaching bail conditions.
The 18-month-old girl was in a medically induced coma on Tuesday evening and was expected to survive.
Dr Ayliff-Chun, an Australian medical doctor, was a guest at a hotel in the town of Northbridge, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) south of Perth, where the attack occurred.
He denied assaulting the woman and said the incident was “an unfortunate accident” after the woman had fallen in the garden of her house.
The incident is not believed to have been gang-related, police said.
“The victim was intoxicated, suffering from a medical condition, and the suspect had no prior convictions for sexual assault,” a statement from the Royal Perth Hospital said.
Police said they were treating the matter as a sexual assault investigation and would have more information to share in the coming days.
Dr Anyliffe was in Perth for a conference and had just returned from a trip to Singapore on Tuesday night.