Sunday, July 20, 2008

Cross-dresser in swimmers quizzed on rapes

A CROSS-dresser wearing a women's one-piece swimming costume has been questioned and DNA-tested over a string of sex attacks in Sydney.

Police detained the man last night after a witness reported him loitering in Hornsby last night - the same area where three woman have been sexually assaulted.
It was understood the man was DNA-tested before being released pending further inquiries.
The detention comes seven months after police publicly appealed for help to catch a cross-dressing rapist following three sex attacks on women in four months.
Hornsby crime manager Inspector Michael Banfield said police acted because the man matched the description of the cross-dresser who attacked three women last year - all within a square kilometre - while wearing lingerie and ladies' swimwear.
"They have questioned him and obviously at this stage they've got his details ... and interviewed him and he's been released without charge pending further inquiries."
Inspector Banfield said the man had an apparently plausible explanation for his attire.
Witness Brett Davies told The Daily Telegraph the man was acting suspiciously.
"He was wearing stilletos, a one-piece bathing suit and he had an umbrella right over his head with a wig on," he said.
"If it was on Oxford St I wouldn't even look twice, but he was in Hornsby walking down back alleys."


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