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FIEND FORCED GIRL TO STRIP AT KNIFEPOINT; Beast followed pals from school.



Byline: JAMES TAIT

A VILE sex beast forced a terrified ter·ri·fy  
tr.v. ter·ri·fied, ter·ri·fy·ing, ter·ri·fies
1. To fill with terror; make deeply afraid. See Synonyms at frighten.

2. To menace or threaten; intimidate.
 12-year-old girl to strip at knifepoint knife·point  
n.
The sharp end of a knife.

Idiom:
at knifepoint
Under threat of being stabbed or cut with a knife: was mugged at knifepoint. 
 after following her home from school.

The pervert watched the schoolgirl say goodbye to a friend then stalked stalked  
adj.
Having a stalk or stem. Often used in combination: long-stalked; short-stalked.

Adj. 1.
 her to an upmarket up·mar·ket  
adj.
Appealing to or designed for high-income consumers; upscale: "He turned up in well-cut clothes . . . and upmarket felt hats" New Yorker.
 Edinburgh suburb.

The man forced his way into his victim's home and threatened her with a knife before trying to remove her clothes and sexually assault her. Only the girl's desperate screams frightened him off.

Detectives hunting the fiend described him as a "real danger".

They believe that he trailed the two girls home from school before deciding which one to attack.

The second girl saw a man follow her friend in to a close but did not realise he was stalking her.

Det Insp Jacqueline Conway said: "The fact that the girl's screaming was sustained unsettled the man and he made off before anything really horrible happened."

The assault took place just two miles from where an 11-year-old schoolgirl was raped as she walked home seven months ago.

Police say they cannot rule out a link between the two attacks.

They are to quiz staff and patients at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital The Royal Edinburgh Hospital is a psychiatric hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is operated by the Primary and Community Division of NHS Lothian. It is situated in Morningside Place.  - a five minute walk from the girl's home in the Morningside area of the city.

The hospital recently opened the controversial Orchard Clinic, home to some of Scotland's most dangerous murderers and serial sex offenders sex offender n. generic term for all persons convicted of crimes involving sex, including rape, molestation, sexual harassment and pornography production or distribution. .

Det Sgt Gary Flannigan added:"It is imperative we trace this man as quickly as possible.

"We fear he poses a very real danger."

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CRIME SCENE: Det Sgt Flannigan is hunting the sex attacker
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 27, 2001
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