Wednesday, November 8, 2000

Sarah Anne McMahon

Personal Details
Last seen: Wednesday, 8 November 2000
Year of birth:
Height: 173 cm
Build: Slim
Eyes: Green
Hair: Auburn
Gender: Female
Distinguishing Feature:
Sarah McMahon has not attended work since Wednesday 8 November 2000. Sarah was last seen driving her vehicle, a 1986 White Ford Meteor Sedan, registered number 7FO-731 in an easterly direction on Great Eastern Highway, Greenmount. She was last seen wearing dark jeans, black turtle neck sweater and black suede jacket. Concern is held for her safety and welfare.


Violent attacker is suspect in murders


Donald Morey
Guy Magowan/The West Australian ©Enlarge photo
    A street prostitute who narrowly survived a brutal bashing at the hands of a sexual deviant who is suspected of being involved in two unsolved suspected murders says she is still haunted by the chilling attack and believes her assailant may have killed other women.
    In her first media interview since the December 2003 attack, the woman, who did not want her name published, described crawling through a swamp and scaling a 2.4m high concrete wall in a bid to escape.
    "I know there are other girls who aren't as lucky as I was," the woman said.
    In September 2005, career criminal Donald Victor Morey was convicted after trial of attempted murder.
    In handing down a 13-year jail term, Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Miller accepted the prosecutor's submission that there was no sexual motive to Morey's crime as he was impotent at the time.
    "This woman was a random target and . . . it was predatory conduct on your part," Justice Miller said. "It was a premeditated offence, that you planned to take her to a remote area and it was not the case that you voluntarily desisted from what you were doing."
    Morey's appeals were dismissed and he remains behind bars.
    He is a suspect in the murder of Darylyn Meridith Ugle, a prostitute who was last seen alive while soliciting for sex in March 2003, and to the disappearance of Sarah McMahon, a 20-year-old Parkerville woman who has not been seen leaving her Claremont workplace exactly 11 years ago today. Her vehicle was found at Swan District Hospital. Morey denies involvement in both cases but admits he knew Ms McMahon.
    Ms Ugle's body was found in April 2003 near Mundaring Weir - a short distance from Morey's Chidlow home and from the Helena Valley street where he took his December 2003 victim. The two prostitutes knew each other.
    "We don't think it is going to happen to us but I didn't put two and two together," the prostitute who escaped said.
    "I'm not a dumb girl. I have good instincts and he was good enough to make me go against my instincts."
    She said she felt uneasy getting into Morey's car that night in December 2003 but accepted $900 to have sex with him.
    "I think he might have panicked because I realised he was going around in circles," she said.
    "He calmly pulled his car over to the side of the road and he already had rope wrapped around his hand when he turned his car off."
    Morey tried to place the rope over the woman's neck but she put her back against the passenger door and repeatedly kicked him.
    "I fell out backwards and hit the kerb with my back," she said.
    "He dived out over the top of me and I got him in the face with my feet. I think that dazed him a little bit. I crawled to the back of the car and he followed me.
    "He was punching into me for about 15 minutes and I was screaming. I climbed on to the back of his car . . . to try not to let him get me back into the car again."
    The woman managed to climb a high wall and stumble through a swampy area.
    "I was screaming," she said. Morey eventually got back in his car and drove off.
    The woman said the attack changed her life.
    "I couldn't walk out in the street at night," she said.
    "If I see someone who looks like him I jump a little, even though I know he is in jail."


    Man investigated for links to high profile murder cases
    Thu Mar 4, 2004 12:56pm AEDT ABC

    Police have confirmed that a man, who has been charged over an attempted murder last December, is being investigated for possible links to two high profile cases.

    Detective Senior Sergeant Peter Delamont says the man cannot be named, but is believed to have been the last person to have contact with Sarah McMahon who disappeared in November 2000.

    Sergeant Delamont says the man has become a "person of interest" in the murder in March last year of sex worker Darrylyn Ugle because of location similarities between her disappearance and the circumstances surrounding the man's latest charges.

    But he says investigations are continuing.

    "We're continuing avenues of inquiry in regard to forensic examinations etcetera and obviously asking for anyone who has any information about those two murders to come and talk to us," he said.