A man is accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting four vulnerable women in Cairns.
Dennis Malcolm Johnson, 36, of Manunda, appeared in the Cairns Magistrates Court on Thursday charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of sexual assault, the court was told. ABC reported.
Police say Johnson would drive around Cairns “sometimes for hours… in an attempt to find vulnerable female victims”.
Woman, 23, claims she fled Johnson’s parked car here
“We allege he used late model SUV rental cars and on one occasion he also used his late model SUV personal car,” Detective Sergeant Bradley McLeish said.
A 23-year-old woman claims she fled Johnson’s parked car before stopping a passing driver on the Captain Cook Highway near Cairns in September.
After his arrest for the alleged incident, three other women, aged 19, 23 and 33, came forward.
The allegations took place over a period of almost two years.
Detective Sergeant McLeish said the women did not know each other and the alleged sexual assaults took place at Johnson’s home and in his car.
Johnson was taken into custody and is scheduled to appear in court on November 24.