German student taking selfies with dinosaurs at the Australian Museum accused of breaking into a woman’s flat and sexually assaulting her
- Paul Kuhn, 25, has been accused of breaking into the apartment of a 21-year-old woman
- He was previously convicted of burglary at the Australian Museum on May 10
- Kuhn had left the woman’s flat earlier on Thursday, but reportedly returned
- The German student was released on bail again in August
A German student who broke into the Australian Museum on a night out with booze is accused of breaking into a woman’s apartment and sexually touching her.
Paul Kuhn, 25, was arrested after allegedly breaking into an apartment in Pyrmont, Sydney in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Police claim he climbed into the 21-year-old’s apartment by scaling her balcony after leaving her earlier in the evening, according to News Corp..
The alleged incident comes after Kuhn, who is in Australia with a student visa, broke into the Australian Museum, where he took selfies with dinosaurs and pulled through storage areas.
German student Paul Kuhn (pictured) is accused of breaking into a woman’s flat just weeks after he was convicted of burglary at the museum
Paul Kuhn showed in CCTV from the previous break-in where he roamed the Australian Museum levels and took selfies with exhibits including a Tyrannosaurus-Rex skull
The alleged incident occurred on July 2 when a group, including Kuhn, left a pub in St George at around 2 a.m. and traveled to the woman’s flat.
The group later left the apartment, but Kuhn would return shortly afterwards and carry out the attack.
Kuhn, from Ultimo in central Sydney, was arrested the next day at about 1 a.m. in the same pub in St George.
He was charged with aggravating intermission and entry, committing a serious crime and engaging in sexual contact with someone else without permission.
He faced the Central Local Court on Friday, where he was granted a conditional bail, despite the prosecution alleging that he was a risk of escape and that he had recently been convicted of another burglary.
“Quite recently, the perpetrator was convicted of an interruption and an offense, and while on that order to correct the community, he is said to have committed this new crime – the nature of which is much larger than the previous one,” said the prosecution. .
On May 10, Kuhn received a 12-month Community Corrections Order and a $ 500 fine for his nightly burglary at the museum in central Sydney.
The court heard how Kuhn was fed by booze when he decided to climb the jetty into the building and enter through a fire escape door.
Paul Kuhn (photo) has been in Australia for two years on a student visa from Germany
The international student wandered through different levels of the building being renovated, taking selfies with multiple expositions.
At one point, he put his head in a dinosaur skull to take a selfie. When he finally left the museum, he stole a framed painting and an Akubra hat
Kuhn’s attorney for that case Steven Mercael said his client’s escapades were fueled by alcohol and that his client had since called the museum to apologize.
Kuhn had been in Australia for over two years and hoped to stay longer, he said.
Magistrate Jennifer Price said protecting the community and its assets was paramount.
Despite Kuan’s “ generally good character and lack of criminal record, ” a conviction was made to stop others from committing similar crimes, she said.
Kuhn’s lawyer for the most recent alleged offense, Matthew Bogunovich, told the court that he and the alleged victim had had “intimate contact” at the George St pub on the night of the alleged offense, and Kuhn had no history of violence.
“The two kissed more than once, and in the end, only once is Mr. Herr explicitly told to leave the woman’s flat and he leaves shortly afterwards,” said Mr. Bogunovich.
“Her leg was touched, her thigh was stroked twice, it went no further. It is far from the peak of the seriousness of the offense. ‘
He was given bail with conditions, including handing in his passport, reporting to the police and not near the victim’s home.
He will appear in court again in August.
Paul Kuhn (pictured) is believed to have broken into a 21-year-old girl’s apartment and will appear in court in August