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Sydney man refused bail over sexual assault on seven-year-old girl in dance studio toilet

A man accused of a sex attack on a seven-year-old girl at a Sydney dance studio will remain behind bars following a brief court appearance.

Anthony Peter Sampieri, 54, was charged yesterday with holding the young girl captive in the bathroom of a Kogarah dance studio where he allegedly sexually assaulted her for half an hour on November 15.

Sampieri allegedly stabbed a man who came to the girl's rescue before a second man subdued him while police were called.

Emergency services hospitalised Sampieri for injuries sustained in his arrest where he remained under police guard for more than a week.

Yesterday, doctors deemed Sampieri fit and he was charged with a string of offences at Maroubra Police Station.

They include raping a child under 10, aggravated kidnapping, choking, producing child abuse material and two counts of wounding with intent.

A tired-looking Sampieri, wearing prison greens and with two black eyes, appeared before Waverley Local Court on Monday where his barrister Ken Buckman did not apply for release.

An application to collect forensic material from Sampieri was approved the day after he was hospitalised, magistrate Lisa Stapleton noted.

He was formally refused bail and ordered to reappear in Sutherland Local Court via audiovisual link on January 23.

Sporty women enjoying each others company while doing leg swings during fitness training
Dance studio (file picture). Source: istock.com