A sex offender who disguised himself as a woman in a mad dash to assault a teenager in the street has been convicted. Mark Brown, 30, he was seen on CCTV sprinting out of his north London apartment in a mini skirt while pulling a wig over his head to disguise himself in order to carry out his attack.
His victim, in her late teens, had jogged by his window moments earlier and he was in a mad rush to catch her. The court heard that the attack happened shortly after 3.55am on September 20 last year.
Brown spotted the victim as she went by his house and got changed immediately he dashed out of his apartment, putting on a long silver wig as he ran.
Catching up with the victim after following her for about 500m, the victim was not aware of anyone following her until Brown placed his hand on her shoulder. Before she had a chance to turn around to see who it was, she was sexually assaulted. She attempted to push Brown away, shouting at him, but he pushed her to the floor. The victim continued kicking and screaming but she had her eyes closed, police said.
When she opened her eyes, her attacker fled and she only saw him running off in the distance, noticing the long silver hair. Police detectives worked with Islington Council in order to review CCTV from across the borough, before finding the terrifying footage of Brown’s manic rush to get away from his own home.
Detective Constable Giash Uddin said: ‘Brown is a dangerous sexual predator and I am pleased that the jury agreed with the overwhelming evidence we gathered against him.
Brown, of Newington Green, north London, was found guilty of sexual assault following a trial at Wood Green Crown Court. He will be sentenced at the same court on Friday, August 14.