Man is charged, appears in court

Updated November 7 2012 - 2:34am, first published August 25 2010 - 1:06pm

NORTH Albury man Adam Gilbert Jolly was arrested by police in an early morning raid at his residence yesterday and subsequently charged with four offences relating to a girl’s alleged abduction at Wagga.The six-year-old girl was allegedly abducted about 11.30am on February 14 and there have been extensive investigations by police since.Strike Force Shell, comprising police from Wagga and the state’s Sex Crimes Squad, has been involved in the ongoing investigation which culminated in Jolly’s arrest soon after 8am yesterday.Jolly, 28, appeared in Albury Local Court yesterday afternoon on charges of sexual intercourse with a child under 10 in circumstances of aggravation, assault with intent to have sexual intercourse in circumstances of aggravation, kidnapping and inflicting actual bodily harm and aggravated indecent assault.He was also charged with possessing a prohibited weapon of handcuffs which were found at his home.Duty solicitor Chris Halburd said there was no application for bail and he sought an adjournment of the charges to Wagga Local Court next Monday.No facts relating to the accusations against Jolly were tendered in court and his parents sat in the back of the court.Three Corrective Services officers were present in court for Jolly’s short appearance and he was remanded in custody by magistrate Gordon Lerve.Police prosecutor Sergeant Tony Seccull sought a suppression order for the protection of the alleged victim.But Mr Lerve said legislation prevents the identification of sex assault victims.Mr Lerve asked whether Jolly sought an order to be held in protection, but Mr Halburd said he had no instructions regarding that.“I assume the authorities will take the appropriate action,” Mr Halburd said.The girl was playing in her front yard when she was allegedly abducted on February 14.A man tucked her under his arm before bundling her into the back seat of a utility.Almost two hours later the girl was returned after the attacker dumped her in a nearby street.Police initially identified a white Toyota Hilux utility as possibly being used in the abduction and the following weekend put a similar vehicle on display at the Wagga Marketplace in the hope of getting leads.Police said they were led to Jolly after discovering a white Holden Colorado, a vehicle similar to the description of the car used in the abduction.It will be alleged the man lived in Wren Street, Mount Austin, at the time of the alleged attack.– The Border Mail