A man is accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting four vulnerable women in Cairns.
Dennis Malcolm Johnson, 36, of Manunda, faced Cairns Magistrates Court on Thursday charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of sexual assault, the ABC reported.
Police allege that Johnson would drive around Cairns ‘sometimes for hours on end … with the intent of finding vulnerable female victims’.
A 23-year-old woman claims she fled Johnson’s parked car here
‘We’ll be alleging he’s used late-model SUV hire cars and on one occasion, he’s used his late-model SUV personal car as well,’ Detective Sergeant Bradley McLeish said.
A 23-year-old woman claims she fled Johnson’s parked car before flagging down a passing driver on the Captain Cook Highway near Cairns in September,
After he was arrested over that alleged incident, three other women, aged 19, 23 and 33, came forward.
The allegations took place over a period of nearly two years.
Det Sgt McLeish said the women were all unknown to each other, and that the alleged sexual assaults took place at Johnson’s home and in his car.
Johnson was held in custody and is next due in court on November 24.