Witnesses Sought In Child Sex Attack
POLICE returned yesterday to
the shopping centre where a girl,
7, was sexually assaulted more
than a week ago - hoping to spark
Photographs of the clothes the
girl wore the previous Sunday
were posted at a police information bus at Windsor Gardens
Shopping Centre and a number of
shoppers offered information.
The girl was taken from the
Cheap as Chips store, driven a
short distance, sexually assaulted
and abandoned back at the shopping centre.
Chief Inspector Peter
Anderson, of Holden Hill CIB,
said police hoped the exercise
would revive the memories of regular shoppers.
"We have had information
about a vehicle of a similar
in the car park.....
also information about a person
of similar description seen in the
car park. It is a little too early to
tell if it was the perpetrator, but
we have also had information
about the girl being seen in the
vicinity of the shopping centre."
Police are looking for a man in
his early 20s, with short, dark
spiked hair, dark complexion,
small moustache and medium to
Girl Abducted and Assaulted at Shopping Centre
A SEVEN-year-old girl has
been abducted and attacked at,
a suburban shopping centre
with police only issuing an alert
to parents yesterday, 48 hours
The girl was forcibly taken from
Cheap As Chips store at the
North East Rd shopping centre,
when she became separated from
parents and siblings.
Her attacker placed his hand
over her mouth and forcibly
walked her out of the shop,
through the car park to a waiting
car. She was driven a short distance,
sexually assaulted, driven
back to the shop and abandoned.
Her parents found her less than
30 minutes after she disappeared.
Yesterday, appealing for
witnesses, police said the girl was
taken between 11am and 11:30am
"The attack was quite clearly
brazen," Chief Inspector Peter
Anderson, of Holden Hill CIB,
said. "To approach a young, innocent child of such tender age and
forcibly submit her to such an act
is quite cowardly.
"She may have appeared to
other shoppers as a young child
who was misbehaving and was
being removed by an older brother
The girl, of Asian appearance,
was forced into a vehicle which
she described as being silver,
"very shiny", of late model, with
a black interior which had a star
motif on the seat.
The girl was wearing a black and
white chequered jacket, a denim
skirt and pink shoes.
The offender is described about
20 years old, with a dark complexion
and possibly of Indonesian descent.
He had short, dark, spiked hair,
a light moustache and was tall and
of medium to stocky build.
He was wearing a black shirt,
black trousers, blue and white
thongs and a gold necklace.
"This incident is of grave concern
to the police. There always
is the fear that it may happen
again," Chf-Insp Anderson said.
"It doesn't, to our knowledge,
appear to link to any other prior
offences, but certainly the brazen
behaviour this offender has undertaken
should certainly be a concern to
"I would encourage all people,
especially with the school holidays
upon us, to be particularly vigilant
as to the whereabouts of their
He said since the attack police
had been interviewing witnesses
and talking to the girl's family.
"The investigators responded
fairly quickly in making a public
release," he said, defending the
48-hour delay in making the attack public.
"We're talking about a seven-year-old
girl and we need to take
the family's view into account. We
certainly wouldn't go-ahead with
consulting with them."
Security tapes and video images
from ATM machines are still being
examined in a bid to identify the
offender, while photographs of the
girl's clothing will be displayed at
the shopping centre on Sunday.
Anyone with any information is
asked to call Crime Stoppers on
1800 333 000.
Adelaide Advertiser (9-4-2003)