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Man wearing silver wig guilty of north London sex attack

|News, Sexual offences

A man wearing a dress and a silver wig has been convicted of sexually assaulting a university student.

Mark Brown, 30, followed his 18-year-old victim home as she got off a bus near Newington Green in Islington in the early hours of Friday, 20 September 2019. When she reached her front door, he pounced on her and put his hand under her skirt.

The victim fell to the ground screaming and kicked out at Brown who ran off.

Following a trial at Wood Green Crown Court which concluded today (Friday, 3 July) Brown was convicted of one count of assault by penetration.

Mark Brown in silver wig
Mark Brown in silver wig

A police investigation which included scouring CCTV of the area led officers to Brown’s home. In the garden they found a black leather jacket with latex gloves in the pockets, a t-shirt, a long silver wig and a bra as well as some hay in a Tesco bag. A loose rabbit was found in Brown’s home.

Michael Oatley, from the CPS, said: “Mark Brown targeted a lone, young victim as she made her way home from a night out during Freshers’ Week.

“Brown was dressed in female clothing including a short dress and silver wig. He stalked his victim before sexually assaulting her right on her own doorstep.

“The prosecution case included strong witness testimony and CCTV footage which showed Brown leaving his home dressed in the female clothing. At first Brown told police officers that the person in the footage was not him and that he had thrown out the wig which he previously used for fancy dress. He later changed his story and went on to say that it was him, but that he had only intended to rob the victim. He will now have to face the consequences of his actions.

“The CPS takes crimes against women extremely seriously and will prosecute offenders where there is the evidence to do so.”

Brown will be sentenced on 14 August.

Notes to editors

  • Mark Brown (DOB: 04/08/1989) is from Islington
  • Michael Oatley is a District Crown Prosecutor within the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences unit at CPS London North.

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