A predatory sex offender who targeted a series of lone young women was finally unmasked by damning DNA evidence and an exhaustive police investigation.
Reyno Du Toit targeted five young women in Nottingham’s Park Estate – exposing himself to three victims in the broad daylight before forcibly grabbing two others as they walked at night.
Three of the victims were targeted between 1pm and 4pm on Saturday 24 October 2020 – in Rolleston Drive, Harlaxton Drive and Allington Road.
The others took place in Lenton Road late on Monday 26 October and in Rolleston Drive in the early hours of the following day.
Police arrested Du Toit on 7 December after his car was linked to the scene of each of the offences.
When he was interviewed by specialist detectives, he refused to answer any of their questions, but was later confronted with damning DNA evidence linking him to one of the offences.
Unbeknown to Du Toit, he had left behind trace DNA evidence on his final victim when he groped her over her clothes. The tiny-but-damning sample was retrieved from her jeans.
He was also placed in the Park area at the time of the attacks by police analysis of his mobile phone activity.
Du Toit, aged 41, of Goodsmoor Road, Derby, later pleaded guilty to three counts of exposure and two counts of sexual assault.
Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday 25 October 2021, he was jailed for two years.
Detective Constable Fiona McVey, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Du Toit is a despicable offender who deliberately targeted lone young women as they walked near their homes.
“His offending was clearly escalating in its seriousness and we worked exhaustively to track him down as soon as possible.
“Thanks to the work of a highly-motivated team of detectives, the evidence we were later able to confront him with was so detailed and so damning that he really had no choice but to admit to what to had done.
“I am pleased that he had now been punished and hope that this sentence will provide at least some comfort for his victims, who have each acted with considerable bravery and dignity during the course of this investigation.”