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Rape manhunt: Police intensify search

Rape manhunt: Police intensify search

Wednesday 13 November 2019

Rape manhunt: Police intensify search


All homes in Grouville and St.Martin are to be sent a computer-generated image of a man the police are hunting, following a rape in Gorey at Halloween.

It comes as the Police intensify their efforts to find the attacker; they say they now have 150 lines of enquiry and a list of "persons of interest" extending to 43 names.

Last Friday, Police issued an e-fit of the man they believe raped a teenager between 12:00 and 12:13 on the morning of the 1 November, as she waited at the bus stop by Gorey Common for her mum to pick her up, after a Halloween party. 

It's that image which Jersey Post will now be delivering to all homes in the eastern parishes of St.Martin and Grouville.

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Pictured: the e-fit of the attacker, which the victim says is a good likeness.

Police say that since the e-fit was issued, they've had 38 calls from the public to provide information. 

In total, 24 officers and staff are working on the case, including officers from Guernsey, and Devon and Cornwall. 

Over the weekend, a 36-year-old man was arrested, but was later released without charge, and Police say they now don't believe he had anything to do with the attack. 

As part of Operation Hectare, the Police clarified what they believe happened:

  • "11:30pm – The victim leaves a residential property in the area adjacent to Gorey Common on her own.
  • She slowly makes her way to the southbound Gorey bus stop but becomes disoriented around Gorey Common, primarily because of the low light combined with her lack of familiarity with that part of the Island.
  • The victim arrives at the bus stop by 11:53pm.  At this point she is identifiable on dashcam footage from a passing Liberty Bus. 
  • She is seen at the bus stop again at 12:06am when the same bus passes in the opposite direction.
  • Her mother collects her from the bus stop at 12:13am. 
  • In her time at the bus stop the attacker twice offers her a lift, which is declined on both occasions.  It is after the second offer that the attack takes place."

Rape Route Map

Pictured: the route Police say was taken by the victim.

Earlier this week, the police officer leading the manhunt, Detective Superintendant Stewart Gull, urged islanders to focus on why the attacker was in Gorey that night, as he said the rape was clearly "opportunistic":

"So he came across our victim, why was he there, was he visiting, was he socialising, does he work there? That's what I would ask people to think about. Think about the description, have a look at the e-fit, and if you think you might know that person, then please give us a call.

"It's really important that the public focus on the incident, the description of the offender and the e-fit; the victim was extremely brave on Friday, it can't have been an easy process for her to recall the incident, and the facial image of the offender, but she has done incredibly well, and she has helped us to produce this image which she describes as a good likeness."

The full description of the attacker is: around 5’9, with a big and strong build with thick brown hair and a short brown/grey beard. He was also said to be wearing a coat that was too big for him and a baseball cap, and spoke with what Police have described as a "foreign" accent.

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Pictured: DS Gull is leading the manhunt.

So far, no one has been charged, and DS Gull says islanders should simply take their normal precautions if out alone. 

"I completely understand why there might be some concern and anxiety, that's natural; but incidents of this nature are incredibly rare, not just here in Jersey but further afield.

"All I would continue to say is just take sensible precautions as you would ordinarily, if you are out and about; let family and friends know where you are and what time you will be returning, make sure you have your phone with you, and that it is well charged, and if you are in the company of someone else, then all the better."

Anyone who thinks they recognise the man in the e-fit, or who has any other information, is asked to call police on 612214 / 612612 at the earliest opportunity, or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

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