Enjoying a day at Tyagarah Beach are nudists Col Peake, of Woodburn, and Lismores Peter Bartusch, members of the nudist associ
Enjoying a day at Tyagarah Beach are nudists Col Peake, of Woodburn, and Lismores Peter Bartusch, members of the nudist associ

Beach nudists stalked by pervert

By RACHEL AFFLICK rachel.afflick@northernstar.com.au NUDISTS should think twice before heading off alone to the isolated stretch of beach between Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads.

A Sydney man and his wife have spoken out about the safety of Tyagarah Beach after being ‘aggressively sexually harassed’ while visiting the nude beach last month. They fear the man could strike again.

The victim, only identified as ‘Chris’, said he went to Tyagarah beach with his wife to experience a skinny dip and a nude sunbake. But as soon as they arrived the stalker came and sat close to them, after stopping and ‘smiling’ in their direction. The man then climbed on to the dune close to them and started masturbating while looking at them.

“We obviously were uncomfortable with this, so we moved a little further into the dune so he couldn’t see us,” Chris said.

“We tried to ignore him, but by then we were a little concerned. After a while he got his sarong and walked up right in front of us and started masturbating again while giving us an evil smile.”

Chris says he gently waved the man on and when he didn’t get the hint, he simply said: “Mate, can we have a little privacy?” That’s when the stalker spat at him and then started doing kick boxing manoeuvres and making thrusting motions with his pelvis.

“He walked backwards away from us for a 100 metres or so, all the while yelling at us and doing kick boxing manoeuvres and spitting,” Chris said. “We were very nervous as we lost sight of him, so we carefully made our way back to the car.”

When Chris reached the car he called Byron Bay police, only to be frustrated by their ‘uninterested response’. He said the woman on the other end of the phone didn’t even take down his name.

“I believe this man has the potential to be quite violent and will probably commit a major crime one day. It is quite a shame the police don’t seem to care and the perverts are spoiling the whole idea of a free beach,” he said.

When contacted by The Northern Star about the incident, Byron Bay police Inspector Owen King said there was no record of it on their system. But he said a police officer would have gone to the scene to investigate.

“We’ve had no other reports of this nature,” he said. But Woodburn resident Col Peake said he never went to the beach at Tyagarah alone.

A member of nudist association Free Beaches Australia, Mr Peake said he always sat with a group of people at Tyagarah beach, and always near the car park where crowds tended to congregate.

“Overall it’s quite good. Every now and then you get a person like that and their behaviour should be reported to the police,” he said.



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