Woman recognizes “chubby fingers” of alleged fugitive she claims sexually assaulted her |  UK News

Woman recognizes “chubby fingers” of alleged fugitive she claims sexually assaulted her | UK News

A woman has told Sky News that a man wanted for extradition to the US has the “greedy little claws” of the attacker who sexually assaulted her.

Mary, whose full name we are withholding, says she recognizes the “chubby fingers” of Nicholas Rossi on the man arrested in Glasgow.

He insists that he is a victim of mistaken identity and that his real name is Arthur Knight.

However, his fingerprints match Rossi’s, and US authorities want him extradited to stand trial on rape charges in the state of Utah.

Authorities in Utah say Rossi fled the United States to avoid prosecution and adopted the name Arthur Knight after faking his own death.

Rossi was convicted of sexually assaulting Mary at an Ohio college in 2008. It was a DNA sample from that attack that linked him to the Utah case.

Speaking about the assault on her, Mary told Sky News: “He leads me into a stairwell and at that point he starts attacking me.

“He tries to forcefully kiss me and I don’t reciprocate. He held me up against the wall, he put his hands up my shirt and down my pants and I tell him I want to leave.”

The man wanted for extradition was arrested at a Glasgow hospital after being admitted suffering from COVID.

He uses a wheelchair and takes in oxygen through a face mask.

Watching Sky News coverage of the ongoing extradition effort in Scotland, Mary said: “It’s definitely him. The whole mask, I think it’s just his way of covering his face, trying to get sympathy for being sick. I think that is a very good way of trying to distort his speech.

“He’s got the dark hair and the chubby fingers, I’d remember those chubby fingers anywhere, they were up my shirt, they were down my pants. I’d recognize them anywhere, his greedy little claws.”

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Mary told Sky News' James Matthews that she believes Arthur Knight is Nicolas Rossi
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Mary told Sky News’ James Matthews that she believes Arthur Knight is Nicolas Rossi

After the attack on Mary, Rossi was convicted of sexual solicitation and public indecency; he also had to register as a sex offender.

She says the conviction in court was not the end of her torment at his hands.

He sued her twice for damage to his reputation, although he was unsuccessful on both occasions.

“It was hard,” Mary said. “I was a struggling school kid and didn’t have that kind of money for a lawyer.

“It’s a bit sick and twisted that you sexually assault someone and then you go and sue them. I thought it was dark.

“He sued my husband, he made a fake sex offender blog with my face and a picture of my newborn daughter on it. He put my address online, told people I lied in court and encouraged them to harass me.

“He’s brilliant, and he’s smart, but at the same time, he’s mean and malicious.”

Nicholas Rossi moved to the UK after meeting Michelle Minnaar on a dating site
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Nicholas Rossi moved to the UK after meeting Michelle Minnaar on a dating site

The extradition case has also brought back dark memories for Michelle Minnaar.

The food blogger, based in Essex, met Nicholas Rossi on a dating website and within days said he wanted to move to the UK.

Minnaar told Sky News he arrived at her house in 2017.

“He was incredibly persistent, charming and persuasive when he said he didn’t want to stay in a hotel and wanted to visit me at my house,” she said.

“He walked in with massive suitcases and immediately insisted on sex.

“He just caused chaos every day, caused conflict between the kids and me, and tried on my son.

“I actually couldn’t get rid of him, it was weird and I felt like I was being held hostage in my own house.”

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The man accused of faking his own death

Rossi lived in Michelle’s home for a month, during which time she discovered he was a sex offender when she did a Google search and found the police mugshot.

She said: “I found a picture of him in a sex offender report and I confronted him. He was very surprised that I found it because he said ‘well how did you find this?’ I have to take care of this”.

“I think he was trying to get himself removed from Google’s search listings.”

Michelle Minnaar discovered that Nicholas Rossi is a registered sex offender
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Michelle Minnaar discovered that Nicholas Rossi is a registered sex offender

Minnaar finally got rid of Rossi when she changed the locks on the doors.

“It was a point for my job that I was invited to go to Paris,” she said. “And the thought of him being alone in my house, I couldn’t deal with the idea because I have expensive equipment, being a photographer – what is he going to do, sell it?

“That’s when I got the police involved and had to change the locks and pack his bags and dump his stuff at the station and tell him it’s over, while he was out of the house.”

Earlier this year, Minnaar reported a rape complaint to the police in Essex.

In a statement, the force said: “On 28 April 2022 we received a historic report of rape in Chelmsford. Our investigations are ongoing.”

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The man wanted by US authorities denies being Rossi. He insists that he is Arthur Knight and has never been to the United States.

He married Miranda Knight in February 2002. They were living as a couple in Glasgow when he caught covid and was arrested last December at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

Earlier this month, he was convicted of assaulting staff at the same hospital during a subsequent visit.

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