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Serial Rapist 'Offered Lifts' To Women
A serial rapist offered lifts in his car to young women
and then sexually assaulted them at secluded locations,
South Australian Police said today.
The man, 33, arrested in Adelaide yesterday, is alleged
to have raped five women over a seven-year
period from 1997.
He was charged with the rapes after his DNA was
tested during investigations into an unrelated
matter, police said.
The accused rapist, from Klemzig in north-eastern
Adelaide, was also charged with three counts of
non-aggravated serious criminal trespass and one
count of attempted serious criminal trespass.
The man, whose identity has been suppressed, did
not enter a plea to any of the charges in Adelaide
Magistrates Court today, and was remanded in
custody to answer the charges in June.
He was arrested at his home about 7pm CST yesterday,
SA Police Superintendent Grant Stevens said.
"The person was picking up women in the central
business district and other parts of Adelaide, and
the sexual assaults were occurring after he picked
up these women," Supt Stevens said.
DNA testing would be the key to the case, he said.
"The DNA was obtained as a result of a relatively
minor, unrelated matter," Supt Stevens said.
All the alleged offences occurred
between 1997 and 2004.
DNA 'Links' 7-Year Trail Of Rape Cases
A MAN who allegedly preyed on
Adelaide women over a seven-year
period has been arrested and
charged with five rapes.
The man, 33, from the northeastern suburbs, allegedly targeted the
women by offering them a lift when
they were either walking or waiting
for a taxi.
After accepting the offer, they allegedly were driven to a secluded
location and sexually assaulted.
Sexual Crime Investigation
Branch detectives made the break-
through in the long-running case
after the man's DNA was taken in
connection with another matter.
Once on the Forensic Science
Centre database, his profile was
linked to five unsolved rape cases
between 1987 and 2004 - all committed by the same offender.
The man also has been charged
over three break-ins and one attempted break-in.
He was arrested at his home on
Monday night and then was taken
to the city watch house, where he
He appeared in the Adelaide
Magistrates Court late yesterday.
The officer in charge of the Sexual
Crime Investigation Branch, Super-
intendent Grant Stevens, yesterday
said the victims in each case were
relieved at the man's arrest.
"The women were in a position
Where they accepted a lift from a
person and as a result of having done
so were sexually assaulted," he said.
"Certainly, there was a significant
degree of trauma for those victims
as a result. The victims are obviously
extremely relieved that we have been
able to take this action.
"However, they are also appreciative that this is only one small step
in the judicial process and there is
some distance to go."
Supt Stevens said the use of DNA
evidence was crucial to the arrest.
"Traditionally, these offence have
been very difficult to solve. It is
because of the developments in DNA
technology that we have been able
to make these sorts of inroads to
historical investigations," he said.
"It is an indicator that we don't
give up on these sorts of things as
well. These matters remain open
until there is an opportunity to progress them further."
In early February, Supt Stevens
announced police had linked five
rapes using DNA and the offender's
method of selecting his victims.
At the time, detectives said they
believed the man might have approached other women over the past
two years, particularly in the city.
"We would certainly still put out
that call for anybody who has information about these offences or who
has information about similar circumstances to make contact with us
to see if there is any link between
them," Supt Stevens said yesterday.
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