Police seek public’s help with historic assault on teen girl they did not report at the time

by | May 5, 2021 | Cops | 0 comments

Authorities have reopened an investigation into the alleged historic assault of a 17-year-old girl that occurred more than a year ago in bushland near Mindil Beach – with their only lead right now that a blue surgical mask was worn by the assailant.

It’s the first time the police have let the public know about the assault, which was not publicly released by the media unit at the time of the incident in December 2019.

Detective Senior Constable Scott Pearson said the teenager was allegedly assaulted by a man wearing a blue surgical face mask. An approximate date and time of the assault was not given.

Cst Pearson said the victim was “disoriented” after the incident and was unable to provide clear descriptions of either the offender or a woman who helped her after the assault.

He said the victim did not suffer physical injuries, but it was not clear how the victim was assaulted or how she came to be disoriented.

Initial investigations determined the suspect has dark skin and black hair. His age is still undetermined. No other physical description was provided.

“We have exhausted all avenues of inquiry and we are hoping that we may jog the memory of someone who was in the area,” Cst Pearson said.

He also said that the “incident occurred prior to the pandemic, so it would have been unusual to see someone wearing a surgical mask.”

Investigators are also looking for the woman who was walking her dog in the area at the time and stopped to ask the victim if she was all right and gave her some water.

The statement seeking the public’s assistance is the first time NT Police have reported the incident that happened over a year ago.

Police did not explain why they did not publicly report the crime at the time of the incident.

The police media unit came under heavy criticism last month after failing to publicly report multiple sexual assaults.

Authorities are urging anyone with information that may lead to solving this case to contact them on 131 444 or crime stoppers on 1800 333 000 quoting reference number 9336858.

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