Sex as­sault: Po­lice seek caller

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.

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