An Immigration Department worker and former Australian Federal Police officer accused of a sex attack in West Perth collected women's airport passenger cards and attempted to track them down, a court was told yesterday.
Allegations of meticulous and elaborate plans to find the women and assume fake identities were aired in the Stirling Gardens Magistrate's Court during Stephen Michael Adams' second failed bid for bail.
Mr Adams, 44 of Como, is facing two charges of aggravated sexual penetration without consent, deprivation of liberty, armed robbery and attempted armed robbery.
He allegedly sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman who was waiting for a bus in March last year and then tried to rob a 26-year-old woman in the same area a month later. The second woman flung her bag at the offender and ran away.
Prosecutor Sandra De Maio alleged Mr Adams' modus operandi was similar in both attacks - under the guise of armed robberies, targeting lone women using a gun tucked into his waistband to try to force them into secluded areas.
After Mr Adams' arrest in December, police searched his home and a storage unit rented under an assumed name, where they found women's passenger cards with comments on them such as "short but stunning" and "great body".
They also found evidence he tried to find their contact details and used their names to get credit cards and found 21 items belonging to the second victim, a BB gun, Taser, stolen number plates, disposable gloves that Ms De Maio suggested was a "rape kit" and backpacks with knives and pepper spray.
She said Mr Adams would likely face further charges, including fraud offences.
His lawyer, Seamus Rafferty, argued the circumstantial case was weak, including the victims' descriptions being inconsistent with his client's appearance and tenuous DNA evidence, which could apply to one in 850 men in WA.
He said the suggestion of a "rape kit" was fanciful, adding Mr Adams had no convictions and there was no indication of further offending in the eight months between the last alleged crime and his client's arrest.In refusing bail, Magistrate Jan Whitbread said no condition could allay her fears about the risk of Mr Adams reoffending or fleeing.
'The West Australian' is a trademark of West Australian Newspapers Limited 2013.
All rights reserved.
Select your state to see news for your area.