The Insatiable Rapist


tags: Sexual Assault, Queensland, Queensland Police,

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By Detective Sergeant Darren Prickett
APJ Issue - June 2011: pp. 76 - 87.

In the early hours of Sunday 10 December, 2006, I was in the process of finishing a stint of night-work in the Queensland town of Ipswich. It was my final night and I was more than happy to see it end. But, you guessed it: about a half an hour before the end of my shift the phone rang. Suddenly I was saddled with an urgent job and was soon on my way to Collingwood Park, where a young woman had been sexually assaulted by an unknown male. A short time later, I was at the crime scene taking down particulars and starting out on an investigation that wouldn’t end until March 2010. I was also about to discover that the culprit had already traveled this road several times since at least 1980.

The 30-year-old victim, who I will only identify as Kate, was home alone on this particular night. Kate was the mother of three young children and was going through the process of separating from her husband. She had moved into the Collingwood Park residence earlier in the year with her children but, at this time, her husband had the children with him.

Kate went to sleep around 10pm and awoke sometime after 2am to find a male standing next to her bed holding a large knife. The offender was wearing sunglasses and had a baseball cap pulled down tightly over his head. He also had a scarf covering part of his face and was dressed in a black, long-sleeved shirt with a white pattern across the chest area extending down each sleeve. The victim couldn’t give us a full description of the man other than he smelt strongly of alcohol and was quite short in stature compared to her – Kate being 5ft 10in tall (178cm).

The offender quickly took control of the situation, tying Kate’s hands behind her back with a bra and gagging her with a lingerie top. The man called Kate by her first name and said he knew quite a bit about her daily movements and also where she worked. He then told Kate that he could get $20,000 for her eldest daughter. This statement was very obviously designed to gain psychological control over the frightened woman. Although Kate did not know the identity of her attacker she was acutely aware that he knew a lot about her.

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