Hunt for Sai Kung sex attacker

PUBLISHED : Monday, 12 October, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 12 October, 1998, 12:00am

A sketched picture of a sex attacker drawn by one of his victims has been circulated to police in Sai Kung.

Several women claim they have either been assaulted or stalked by a man on the same area of path between the town and Sha Kok Mei.

Police have urged victims of either stalking or indecent assault to come forward.

In recent weeks, at least three women have been followed or touched by a man who then made lewd visual suggestions to them.

Just over a year ago - in an incident reported to police - on the same stretch of path, another woman was dragged by the hair into bushes before she fought the man off.

All have described the same man - in his mid-20s with spiky hair, wearing trainers and black clothes - as their attacker.

In one of the latest attacks, a 31-year-old woman who lives in Sha Kok Mei was followed and lunged at, but scared the man off by threatening to burn him with a cigarette.

The woman is a trained artist and made a sketch of the man which she gave to police.

'I was walking home and could sense someone was behind me. He made an attempt to grab my bottom and I turned round and held up my house keys and a cigarette.

'He ran off in front of me, turned round and started making crude hand gestures,' she said.

Another victim, a 38-year-old Sha Kok Mei resident suffered similar treatment several days later and said she reported it to police.

She said: 'I went to the police but they didn't seem interested.' Police, who have circulated the sketch to all units in the area, say women who have been attacked are not reporting the incidents to police.

Sai Kung Assistant Divisional Commander Neil Dunn said that if there had been cases before or since the incident which resulted in the sketch, they had not been reported.

However, Mr Dunn said: 'After she gave us the sketch picture we circulated it to all our units and they have been paying attention to that area, maybe her early report has prevented anything else from happening.' Sha Kok Mei resident Rachael Barker, 26, said: 'A lot of women are worried. I try not to walk home alone at night and always carry something which I could use as a weapon.'