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Friday, 3 July 2020

German student who took selfies with dinosaurs in the Australian Museum is charged with breaking into a woman's flat and sexually assaulting her

  • Paul Kuhn, 25, is accused of breaking into a 21-year-old woman's apartment 
  • He was previously sentenced for a break-in at the Australian Museum on May 10 
  • Kuhn had left the woman's flat earlier on Thursday but allegedly returned   
  • The German student was granted conditional bail to front court again in August 
A German student who broke into the Australian Museum during a booze-fuelled night-out has been charged with breaking into a woman's apartment and sexually touching her. 
Paul Kuhn, 25, was arrested after he allegedly broke into an apartment in Pyrmont, Sydney in the early hours of Thursday morning.  
Police allege he climbed into the 21-year-old woman's apartment by scaling on her balcony after he allegedly left her flat earlier in the night, according to News Corp. 
The alleged incident comes after Kuhn, who is in Australia on a student visa, broke into the Australian Museum, where he took selfies with dinosaurs and rifled through storage spaces. 
German student Paul Kuhn (pictured) is accused of breaking into a woman's flat just weeks after being sentenced for museum break-in
German student Paul Kuhn (pictured) is accused of breaking into a woman's flat just weeks after being sentenced for museum break-in 
Paul Kuhn shown in CCTV of the previous break-in in which he wandered the levels of the Australian Museum and took selfies with exhibits including a Tyrannosaurus-Rex skull
Paul Kuhn shown in CCTV of the previous break-in in which he wandered the levels of the Australian Museum and took selfies with exhibits including a Tyrannosaurus-Rex skull 
The alleged incident on July 2 unfolded when a group, including Kuhn, left a St George pub at about 2am and travelled to the woman's flat. 
The group later left the apartment but Kuhn allegedly returned shortly after and carried out the assault. 
Kuhn, from Ultimo in inner-Sydney, was then arrested the following day at about 1am at the same St George pub. 
He was charged with aggravated break and enter, commit a serious indictable offence and sexually touching another person without consent. 
He fronted Central Local Court on Friday where he was granted conditional bail despite the prosecutor arguing he was a flight risk and he had recently been sentenced over another break-in offence. 
'Quite recently the offender was convicted of a break and enter offence and whilst on that community corrections order he's now alleged to have committed this fresh offence – the nature of which is far greater than the previous offence,' the prosecutor said.  
On May 10, Kuhn was given a 12-month Community Corrections Order and a $500 fine for his late-night break-in at the museum in central Sydney.  
The court heard how Kuhn was fuelled by booze when he decided to climb the scaffolding into the building, entering through a fire escape door. 
Paul Kuhn (pictured) has been in Australia for two years on a student visa form Germany
Paul Kuhn (pictured) has been in Australia for two years on a student visa form Germany 
The international student wandered through various levels of the building, which is under renovation and took selfies with multiple exhibits.
At one point he stuck his head inside a dinosaur skull to take a selfie. When he finally left the museum he stole a framed painting and an Akubra hat 
Kuhn's lawyer for that case Steven Mercael said his client's escapades were fuelled by alcohol and that his client had since called the museum to apologise.
Kuhn had been in Australia for more than two years and hoped to stay longer, he said. 
Magistrate Jennifer Price said the need to protect the community and its assets was paramount.
Despite Kuan's 'general good character and lack of criminal record' a conviction was recorded to deter others from committing similar crimes, she said. 
Kuhn's defence lawyer for the most recent alleged offence, Matthew Bogunovich, told the court he and the alleged victim had  shared 'intimate contact' at the George St pub on the night of the alleged offence and Kuhn did not have a history of violence. 
'The two kissed more than once, and ultimately there is only one occasion Mr Kuhn is expressly told to leave the (woman's) flat and he leaves shortly after that,' Mr Bogunovich said.
'Her leg was touched, her upper thigh was stroked twice, it went no further than that. It's far from being at the top end of the seriousness of the offending.'
He was granted bail with conditions including he surrender his passport, report to police, and not go near the victim's residence. 
He will front court again in August. 
Paul Kuhn (pictured) is alleged to have broken into a 21-year-old girl's apartment and will appear in court in August
Paul Kuhn (pictured) is alleged to have broken into a 21-year-old girl's apartment and will appear in court in August 

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