$100,000 reward for backpacker rapist

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 July, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 July, 2004, 12:00am

Police are stepping up their hunt for a sex attacker who forced two British backpackers to lie side by side before raping them at knifepoint on a remote Hong Kong hillside a month ago.

Hundreds of posters featuring an artist's impression of the suspect are being printed and a $100,000 reward is being offered for information leading to a conviction as detectives seek a breakthrough.

The posters are being put up in police stations and public places in the hope someone recognises him.

The women, university graduates aged 21 and 23 on a backpacking tour of Asia, were attacked just 100 metres from the rural youth hostel in Tai Mo Shan Country Park where they were staying.

The man tailed the women for 45 minutes as they made their way back to their youth hostel on June 13 and grabbed a Swiss Army knife from one of them when she used it to try to frighten him off, before turning it on the pair.

The women helped police artists prepare a detailed impression of the suspect, who had a dragon tattoo on his chest, shoulder-length hair and may have used the nickname 'Lucky'.

One of the officers leading the hunt, Superintendent Gareth Williams, said there had still been no major breakthrough.

Police are particularly keen to trace two men seen with the suspect at Route Twisk near the junction of Tai Mo Shan Road when he got out of a dark-coloured van and began following the two women.

'We would love to speak to the people who were in the van with him because they would be very useful. Alternatively, we would like to hear from anyone who knows who they are so we can find them,' Mr Williams said.

The suspect is described as about 30, 1.76 metres tall, powerfully built and of South Asian or South American origin. Anyone with information should call police on 6277 5337.