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Government Accepts Reasons For Crime Details Delay


THE State Government says it is satisfied with an explanation from police about their handling of a sexual assault of a teenager in Rundle Mall earlier this year.
Premier Mike Rann asked for the report into the sexual assault of the 14-year-old boy in a toilet on June 21, which the police failed to publicly reveal for a month.
At the time Mr Rann said he was "just appalled, absolutely appalled" that details were not made available in the interests of public safety.
"I think there is community concern about that (delay), certainly I want to know the reasons why," he said.
Although the Government received the report two days later, it has refused to release full details.
A spokesman for Police Minister Kevin Foley said the Government would only say it was satisfied with Police Commissioner Mal Hyde's explanation.
The teenager was using the public toilets in the Myer Centre food court when he was attacked by a man armed with a knife.
"The police have provided an adequate explanation and the Minister was satisfied the police have re-assessed their procedures since the incident," the spokesman said.
Police have again come under fire in the past week for not revealing an attack on two girls at Christie Downs on October 21 in which they were forced to strip by a knife- wielding man.
Police have since released details of nine attacks in and around Adelaide dating back to July.
In one of the most recent attacks, a young woman was grabbed by a man at Campbelltown on Wednesday afternoon.
The woman, a health professional, 21, told the Sunday Mail she was walking to the bus stop in Lower North East Rd when the attack happened about 5pm.
"I was on my way to the bus stop and he was walking towards me." the victim, who did not want to be identified, said.
"He said 'hello' and I said 'hello' back which I shouldn't have done.
"He grabbed my arm."
The woman said she feared the offender was going to drag her into a nearby park or a block of flats near the road.
"It happened right on the side of the road," she said. "There were lot of cars but it just all happened so quick."
The woman said she was now "worried" about walking alone.
The offender is described as Caucasian, aged in his mid-20s with a stocky build.
He had closely-shaved light brown hair and was clean-shaven with a clear complexion and big lips. He was well groomed and wearing a neat sports jacket and jeans.
In another incident, an 11-year- old girl has told police she was approached by a man while walking in Port Noarlunga on Friday afternoon.
The girl told police she was walking along Dodd St about 4.45pm when a man in a four-wheel-drive stopped and asked if she wanted a ride.
The girl was unhurt and ran to a nearby house while the man fled.
He is believed to be aged about 30 with a heavy build and had a brown goatee beard.
He was wearing a red baseball cap, a singlet and a sleeper earring in his right ear..Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.



Sunday Mail (14-11-2004)
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