Burglar struck in women's clothes

A CROSS-DRESSING burglar, wearing a blue singlet and black frilly women’s underwear, stole from Noosa holiday homes to pay bills and his mortgage.

Peter John Scott-Davis dressed in drag as a disguise to prey on homes he expected to be unlocked.

The 51-year-old drank alcohol and smoked cannabis to “completely write myself off” as “preparation” before robbing homes between midnight and 4am.

He stole up to $7000 worth of property between August, 2009, and February last year.

Scott-Davis choked through a guilty plea yesterday to nine charges of burglary, one charge of receiving stolen property and one count of attempted burglary.

He cried in the prisoner box at Maroochydore District Court and wiped tears from his eyes.

Scott-Davis’s crime spree came unstuck when a Noosaville man caught him trying to escape from a home in Barbados Court.

Scott-Davis yelled: “Don’t hurt me, I’m a female, don’t rape me, don’t rape me.”

The homeowner released him and watched him flee, only to realise the burglar was a man.

When police arrived at Scott-Davis’s home he was sweating profusely, had a bruised arm and was wearing a singlet and women’s underwear.

He claimed he had been fishing and when asked where his rod was Scott-Davis replied he had used a handline.

He later admitted his crimes and was arrested after officers found a number of stolen iPods in his car as well as women’s clothes and make-up.

Scott-Davis confessed to a number of burglaries which police were unaware of.

A lengthy psychologist’s report was handed to the court. Scott-Davis’s defence barrister said he suffered bipolar and that the burglaries were opportunistic.

Judge Milton Griffin sentenced Scott-Davis to 18 months’ imprisonment with an immediate release under strict parole conditions.

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