BY IAN CROUCH

Detectives investigating the alleged sexual assault of a North Lambton woman last week have applied to have DNA collected from the man accused of the crime.

Fairfax reports police took the step after 20-year-old Jonah Somasundram did not consent to providing a swab following his arrest on Friday.

They were also concerned the accused could “destroy” forensic evidence.

Whether the DNA procedure will be admitted as evidence depends on the outcome of a hearing later this month.

Somasundram failed in his bid for bail on Saturday and did not appear in court yesterday (Monday 2 August, 2021). The case has been adjourned until September 30.