Detectives investigating the attempted murder and serious sexual assault of a woman in Leeds have released CCTV of the incident.
The edited footage has been released with the consent of the victim and her family as part of the ongoing appeal for any information that could assist in identifying the suspect.
The victim, an 18-year-old woman, was attacked by a man as she waited at a bus stop in Beeston Road, near to the junction with Tempest Road, at about 10.50pm on Friday night (6th March 2015).
She was dragged from the bus stop into a nearby garden and struck over the head numerous times with a large stone before being seriously sexually assaulted. She received serious head injuries and a fractured hip.
Detective Superintendent Nick Wallen, of West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “We thought very long and hard about releasing this footage due to the dramatic nature of it. Securing the consent of the victim and her family was the main consideration and it is their express wish that we do this to assist in bringing this offender to justice.
“We felt it was important to give people a first-hand insight into the nature of this offence in the hope it will encourage them to think very carefully about anything they may have seen in the area around the time or if they have any suspicions about someone they know.
“We have understandably edited out the more graphic and disturbing moments when the victim is subjected to an appalling level of violence before being left for dead.
“It does however show the victim struggling with the man as she is dragged into a nearby garden from the bus stop on Beeston Road. The next clip shows the man walking calmly away as the victim lies motionless.
“Although the footage is not of sufficient quality to identify the suspect directly it may be that something about the general size, shape or movement of the suspect means something to someone out there when put together with the e-fit image we have released and the physical description we have given.
“The description remains of him being of Pakistani or Middle Eastern origin, aged in his early twenties, slim, with receding black hair. He was wearing dark clothing and possibly a light blue top with a hood.”
Today officers are mounting an information seeking operation in the area one week on from the incident. An exhibition vehicle will be stationed at the scene and posters have been produced in a number of different languages to extend the appeal in this diverse community.
Det Supt Wallen added: “We have been trawling CCTV in the area and it is clear from that there are a number of people around at the time of the attack.
“People can be seen walking up and down Beeston Road, getting on and off buses on both sides of the road, and driving past. Given the secluded location of the attack, behind a large hedge, they would probably have been unaware of what was taking place just a short distance away.
“We are hoping that some of those people will have a routine that brings them to this area again tonight and that we can speak to them about anything they may have seen or heard.
“We are still trying to trace two potential witness – a woman who gets onto a Number One bus bound for Leeds shortly before the attack and a man who was with her who walks away down Beeston Road.
“We are also keen to identify the man seen running along Beeston Road and onto Parkfield Avenue shortly after the incident.
“Officers from the local neighbourhood policing team have been carrying out increased patrols in the area since the incident and those will be continuing as part of our efforts to provide visible reassurance to the community. They will also be working closely with key contacts in the community to keep people informed as the investigation progresses.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team on 01924 334710 or via 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.