Creepy similarities with Monika's abduction: Twice-convicted "Barber of Malca" attacks in a pattern
In 2005, he was convicted for raping a 13-year-old and attempting to rape a 12-year-old; the crimes occurred two months after he had been conditionally released from prison
After information was made public that multiple rapist and repeat offender Ninoslav Jovanovic, 46 - also known as the Barber of Malca - is most likely responsible for the disappearance of 12-year-old girl Monika Karimanovic from Suvi Dol near Nis - Serbia was shocked by the fact that this former convict had been free and able to repeat his crimes.
What caused strong reactions in particular among those concerned about the life of the 12-year-old is the fact that Jovanovic disappeared three months after being released from prison back in March. As Telegraf.rs has informally learned, his disappearance was reported by his parents. He is believed to have been preparing the crime for the past six months.
He was released from prison in March after spending five months there for sexually harassing women on social media. He was previously released early in 2018, after serving 12 years in prison. His original sentence was 15 years, handed down on February 17, 2006 after he was found guilty of raping one underage girl and attempting to rape another.
On July 6, 2005, he tricked 13-year-old N.M. to get out of her house, and took her to an abandoned house on the outskirts of the city. He cut her hair off, raped her all night and sexually abused her. Four days later, the crime was repeated, and this time his victim was a year younger, 12-year-old N.I., from the village of Gornja Vrezina. He told her that her parents had a car accident and asked her to come with him, then took her to a field near the village, cut off her hair and tried to rape her. Although he threatened to disfigure her with the scissors if she resisted, her cries were heard by locals who rescued her from the maniac. On the same day, Jovanovic was arrested in the village of Grbavce in the Svrljig municipality.
That time, he was also arrested with helicopter escort. But this is not the only similarity between the two cases and the one that the public is now carefully following - which hints at the existence of a pattern in his pathological behavior. At the time, he dragged the first victim, a 13-year-old girl, to Niska Banja via Brzi Brod, where Monika is attending the 6th grade of elementary school. Four days later, he tricked a 12-year-old girl, who was home alone, telling her that family members had a tractor accident, and that she should bring a towel and scissors so they could help them.
When the child realized she was trapped, it was too late. He had already cut her hair off.
"He struck her several times, but when he was about to rape her, he heard something that scared him. He started running, dragging along my daughter, but he was spotted by people in a vineyard who started shouting at him, so he ran away," the girl's father told our journalist at the time.
According to witnesses, the Barber of Malca also dragged Monika over a railroad. Authorities believe she is still alive and the search for the predator continues.
Although a neuropsychiatrist found in 2005 that Ninoslav Jovanovic was not suffering from any psychiatric disorder and had above average intelligence, the Telegraf journalist also learned that the suspect in Monika's abduction was undergoing treatment for behavioral disorders since he was four years old, and had spent some time in a psychiatric hospital.
What made made many people upset years ago is the fact that just two months before he appeared in court in 2005 on charges od rape and attempted rape - he had been released on parole after serving 11.5 years in prison for committing 25 frauds and two rapes, of a women and a girl.
It was revealed at the time that after raping the girl, Jovanovic telephoned his mother and told her what he had done. When she started crying, he said to her, "You're yet to see what I'll do."
His mother told reporters that she always feared him, and would always take her other son's wife, who has two children, with her as she didn't dare leave her at home because of Ninoslav.