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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
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
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
"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.
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