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N.B. man accused of sexually assaulting woman in Halifax awaits bail hearing Thursday

Bradley Russell Bennett, 29, of Riverside-Albert was arrested Monday at about 3 a.m. after police responded to an incident on Spring Garden Road. He's charged with sexual assault, committing an indecent act in public, resisting arrest and two counts of assaulting a police officer.
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A lawyer appeared in Halifax provincial court Tuesday on behalf of Bradley Russell Bennett, who is charged with sexual assault, committing an indecent act in public, resisting arrest and two counts of assaulting a police officer. (LOCAL XPRESS / File)

A New Brunswick man accused of sexually assaulting a woman on a Halifax street early Monday morning will remain in custody for at least two more days.

Bradley Russell Bennett, 29, of Riverside-Albert was arrested after Halifax Regional Police responded to an incident in the 5400 block of Spring Garden Road at about 3 a.m.

A woman who was walking in the area told police she was being closely followed by a stranger. When she turned around, she saw the man masturbating.

Police said the man lunged at the woman and sexually assaulted her over her clothing. When the woman yelled, the man ran away.

Bennett is charged with sexual assault, committing an indecent act in public, resisting arrest and two counts of assaulting a police officer.

Lawyer Kai Glasgow appeared in Halifax provincial court Tuesday on behalf of Bennett, who chose to remain downstairs in a holding cell.

Prosecutor Ron Lacey announced the Crown was proceeding by indictment on the charges and was opposed to Bennett’s release but needed time to prepare for a bail hearing.

Judge Bill Digby scheduled the hearing for Thursday and remanded Bennett back to the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth.

The judge ordered Bennett to have no contact with the complainant, whose identity is protected by a publication ban.



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