A driver of a crane that allegedly attacked women while walking home late at night will face a series of horrible violations.
Gregory John Richardson, 51, was arrested Thursday in his pajamas at a house in Epping, northwest of Sydney, after DNA allegedly linked him to the vicious sexual assaults.
Richardson faces a total of 20 charges for alleged "predator style attacks" against 12 women of 14 and 40 years between 1989 and 2013.
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A tow truck driver (pictured) who allegedly attacked women while walking home late at night has confronted the court over a series of horrific violations.
Gregory John Richardson, 51, was arrested Thursday in his pajamas at a house in Epping, northwest of Sydney, after DNA allegedly linked him to a series of vicious sexual assaults.
Pictured above are the locations of Gregory Richardson's alleged rapes in northwest Sydney.
Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec said Richardson was a tow truck driver who allegedly attacked women on the street he did not know.
"It was a completely unknown attack," he told reporters in front of the Burwood Local Court on Friday.
"People walking, doing their own business at the train station, taking their dog for a walk, walking home late at night."
The breakthrough came when the forensic evidence of four cold cases was allegedly linked to an incarcerated sexual assailant – reported Richardson's brother, The Daily Telegraph.
The brother, who is behind bars for sexual offenses, had an alibi for those attacks and the police claim that they were able to reduce the suspect to a family member.
Richardson has been charged with five counts of committing indecent acts with a person 16 years of age or older and four counts of aggravated sexual assault: inflicting actual bodily harm on the victim.
Richardson (pictured during his arrest) faces a total of 20 charges for the alleged "predator style attacks". against 12 women of 14 and 40 years between 1989 and 2013
He was also charged with three counts of sexual assault – indecent act with a person under the age of 16, and two counts each of aggravated sexual assault – victim under 16, and sexual assault – inflicting actual bodily harm with intent.
The remaining charges are stalking / intimidation with the intention of fear of physical / mental harm; commit acts of indecency with a person under the age of 16, and possess or use a prohibited weapon without permission.
The dawn arrest, carried out by Strike Force Petit officers, came after a review of four cold cases that were allegedly linked previously by the trend and the modus operandi.
Detectives from the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Squad established the attack force in June to re-investigate the historic assaults.
Police are re-examining a number of other sexual assaults in the Ryde area since the 1980s.
Det Supt John Kerlate said the alleged victims had left the attacks behind, but that the arrest had "revived some of those initial feelings."
"It was a mixture of emotions, some of them very relieved, some were grateful for the progress and unfortunately some of them very emotional," he said.
The dawn arrest, carried out by Strike Force Petit officers, came after a review of four cold cases that were previously linked by the trend and the modus operandi.
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