Woman stalked on Melbourne tram and sexually assaulted

Investigations continue into the sexual assault of a young woman after she got off a Melbourne tram four months ago.

Police have released images of a male they believe may be able to assist with their inquiries in the incident which happened in Preston in the city’s north on January 15.

Investigators were told a 20-year-old woman got off a number 45 tram on route 86 on Plenty Road at about 10.44pm.

A man got off at the same stop and approached the woman on nearby Bell Street.

He sexually assaulted her before fleeing the scene.

Police on Saturday released CCTV of a man on the tram they would like to speak to. 

The male is described as having an olive complexion, thin build, aged in his 20s, short black hair, 165cm tall and was wearing black shirt and pants. 

The incident happened two hours before a young Israeli student was allegedly murdered in the nearby suburb of Bundoora after she got off the same tram line.

Aiia Maasarwe, 21, was allegedly followed off the 86 route tram five kilometres further up the tram line from Preston.

Her partially naked body was found dumped in scrub near the Polaris shopping centre the following morning. 

A 20-year-old man was arrested three days later and charged with murder and remains in custody. 

Victoria Police wouldn’t comment on whether any connection between the two incidents is being investigated.

‘The incident where Aiia Maasarwe was killed is before the courts therefore no comment would be provided that could impact on the court case,’ a spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia.

Anyone with information in relation to the January 15 sexual assault is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. 

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