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DNA Leads To Arrest Over Nine Brutal Rapes

DNA samples taken from a man have led to his arrest for a series of brutal rapes that occurred up to 15 years ago.
The 36-year-old man was charged on Monday with nine counts of rape and two counts of unlawful imprisonment from attacks on five women that occurred between 1989 and 1991.
The charges were laid after the man was arrested on an unrelated matter.
Detective superintendent Grant Stevens of the Sexual Crimes Investigation Branch said the offences were linked through the use of DNA.
"The offender was identified as the person allegedly responsible for these offences as a result of his DNA sample being obtained during an unrelated matter," Supt Stevens said.
"Regardless of the passage of time where a serious crime is committed, the endeavour of police is to locate and apprehend those people who are responsible for these crimes.
"DNA technology has provided police the opportunity to resolve a lot of these historical matters and it's incredibly important for people who are victims of these crimes to get some sort of closure."
The five female victims " aged between 16 and 49 at the time of the attacks - were each out walking when they were allegedly approached by the man and raped in Largs Bay, Modbury or the city.
"These were particularly brutal attacks and the victims were subjected to very harrowing experiences," he said. "It is one of those crimes that you put at the most serious end, of the spectrum.
During the alleged offender's brief court appearance yesterday, he made no application for bail and he was remanded in custody to answer charges in February.
The successful capture of this man has been attributed to Operation Helix - a taskforce formed in May to handle investigations generated by DNA matching.'
"Operation Helix is responsible for investigating DNA-related investigations for all sexually related crimes," he said.
Police said they would continue to look in to other similar offences which were committed during the same time frame as the other rapes.
"We will be following up in that regard," he said.

Adelaide Advertiser (15-12-2004)
Jaime Morgan

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