Sex assault: Police seek caller
POLICE leading a new inquiry say a knife-wielding man who sexually assaulted a German teenager hid his face behind a bunch of yellow flowers before his daylight attack at a Manning Road, Mosman Park home five years ago.
“He had time enough to enter the house, control and restrain his victim and conduct his attack,” Detective Senior Sergeant Jade Smith said last Friday.
After the noon, September 17, 2010 attack, the man was seen by several people walking briskly to a car similar to a light blue- green Kia Sportage parked at the kerb on the south-east corner of the Manning Road-Victoria Street intersection.
Detective Snr Sgt Smith said Operation Harstad would utilise forensic techniques developed since the attack and police wanted to talk to a person who called Crime Stoppers six days after the attack who indicated he had information regarding the incident.
Witnesses saw a man going directly to the house, where the 19-year-old au pair was looking after her host’s twoyear- old child, before she was restrained and sexually assaulted.
“A significant number of persons have assisted us to enable us to believe he was the offender,” Det-Snr Sgt Smith said.
The man was described as aged 5060, tanned with an Australian accent, wearing a grey or khaki shirt tucked into similar coloured jeans. He also wore a broad-brimmed hat.
Police are confident the description is accurate because of the number of sightings, but inquiries resulting from the clothes’ similarity to those in the outback tourism industry had provided no known link.
The victim is still in contact with police.
Detective Senior Sergeant Jade Smith says the car may be similar to the Kia Sportage pictured on the side of the police vehicle.