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Cold case- Sexual Predator's Random City Terror

POLICE believe he may be a shift worker who grabs women off the street and rapes them either on his way to or from work.
He first struck more than 15 years ago
His 18-year-old victim was walking down Rundle Mall on her way to work about 6am on August 27, 1989, when she was grabbed from behind by the man, who was not known to her.
He dragged her into an alley off Francis St and raped her.
He then fled on foot.
His second reported attack took place five years later and again in the early hours of a Sunday morning in the city.
This time his 19-year-old victim was at a bus stop on North Terrace near the Botanic Hotel about 6.30am on Sunday, December 4, 1994, when she was approached by the man, a stranger, and then dragged into an alleyway on the southern side of the Botanic Hotel, near the corner of North and East terraces.
He used a brick to threaten her and then raped her. He again fled on foot.
The two attacks were found to be linked as a result of DNA taken in the initial investigation.
At the time of the offences, the man was described as being in his late teens to mid 20s, about 155-160cm tall, fair skin and a possibly pimply complexion, he had an average to muscular build, dark short collar-length hair and was clean shaven.
Both victims declined to be interviewed by The Advertiser but they renewed their appeals for anyone knowing the identity of their rapist to come forward.
Detective Superintendent Grant Stevens said investigating rapes which had been committed so long ago presented police with special challenges. "His description and possibly his work has changed considerably since he committed these sexual assaults," he said.
"But people at the time would have been aware of his patterns of behaviour and description. We'd be asking them to contact police if they have any suspicions," he said.
Superintendent Stevens said in some cold-case rape investigations, the only thing that could be done was to wait for a DNA match that would identity the rapist.
He also moved to allay community fears about their public safety.
"The majority of rapes are not committed by strangers in public places," he said, "but by a person known to the victim and usually in a private home."
He said that rape by a stranger in a public place certainly causes us concern and there's a priority placed on identifying those to reduce the risk of similar offences being committed against other people."
Anyone with any infor-mation on these rapes or who knows the identity of the rapist is urged to contact Crime Stoppers - 1800 333 000.

Adelaide Advertiser (3-5-2005)
Edith Bevin


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