Police step up search for Basildon rapist on anniversary of attack

4:30pm Tuesday 19th November 2013

By Carri-Ann Taylor

POLICE have relaunched their appeal for information about a rapist who subjected a girl to a "savage and brutal” one year ago today.

The 21-year-old woman had been walking in Clay Hill Road shortly after midnight on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 when she flagged down a motorist near the Owl and The Pussycat Public House.

She got into a silver saloon car and was driven to a car park area on Partridge Green where the driver then sexually assaulted and raped her.

Michelle (not her real name) has yet to come to terms with the assault, but is trying to move forward and has started a college course.

She continues to plead with her attacker to hand himself in.

In a statement, she said: "Although this man has ruined my life, I’m determined to move on and make something of myself.

“He took advantage of me that night as I celebrated a birthday.

“I just can’t understand what kind of a monster would do something like this.

“I may not have been his first victim.

“He may have raped or assaulted someone before. I don’t want another woman to be next.

“The police have supported me well, but there is only so much they can do.”

Detectives have a DNA profile of the rapist so can easily eliminate any one from their enquiry should they come forward or be put forward as a suspect.

Leading the hunt for the rapist is Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Simon Werrett.

He said: "Despite investigating an array of other serious crimes, we have been able to work steadily on this case during the past 12 months with success but also with much frustration.

“We have potentially unearthed a few key leads, but they are missing a link and this is where we hope people can help us.

"There were a number of boxes in the back of the rapist’s car which may indicate that he is a delivery driver or courier. We need help to clarify or confirm this element of the investigation.

"We are pretty certain that the car is a five-door silver Ford Focus, potentially of the Zetec spec and possibly a Mark One model.

“We want people to focus on this car in the Basildon Academy, Southmayne and Clay Hill Road area between midnight and 1am on that Tuesday in November last year.”

"The efit is distinctive and unique. We ask that people take a good look at it and contact us with a name. We don’t want him to strike again. It could be your daughter or partner next.

“To the rapist, we would say – everyone has read, seen and heard what you’ve done. You know what you’ve done.”

"Finally, the man spoke with an accent, but not just an English regional dialect; something stronger. It could be from a neighbouring country in the UK or it could be of European origin. This adds another dimension to people’s thought process.”

The rapist is described as white, is in his late 30s or early 40s, has very pale skin, spoke in broken English with a strong accent and has mousey-blonde short-cropped hair that is greying. He also has a bulbous nose and large, long hands. At the time, he was wearing a light hoodie and cotton trousers.

DCI Werrett added: "With Christmas just a few weeks away and with the office and private party season about to begin, we want others to ensure they do return home safely. With this in mind, we would urge people to book taxis or travel home with friends.”

Anyone with information in connection with this rape is urged to contact detectives in the incident room at Stanway on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or email the incident room at scdappeals@essex.pnn.police.uk

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