A man has been charged with raping a woman who got into his vehicle believing it was the ride-share she had ordered.
Abdouslam Alsharif is accused of sexually assaulting the 20-year-old woman after offering her a free ride home when she left a bar in Fitzroy early last Friday morning.
Police say Mr Alsharif picked up the woman near the intersection of Peel and Oxford streets, in Collingwood, about 2.25am and then drove to Rowe Street, Fitzroy, where he allegedly sexually assaulted her.
The woman managed to send a text message to a friend and police attended shortly after.
Mr Alsharif, 50, of Mill Park, faced Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday on two charges of rape and one of sexual assault.
He did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody to return to court on July 30.
Mr Alsharif’s lawyer told magistrate Angela Bolger that he had never been in custody before, required an Arabic interpreter and needed a medical assessment as he has gastric health problems.
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