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DNA leads Qld police to solve case of horrifying rape 20 years ago

Newly-obtained DNA evidence has lead to Qld Police finally solving the case of a violent sexual assault in Brisbane 20 years ago.

Back in March 31 1996, a then 17-year-old woman was walking alone in Woolloongabba when she was allegedly violently physically and sexually assaulted.

While the matter was investigated at the time, no one was charged.


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Last year, a man assisting police with their enquiries into an unrelated assault matter had DNA taken as part of their investigation.

The DNA was examined and subsequently matched with evidence taken at the time of the sexual assault in 1996.

As a result, on Saturday, a 51-year-old Bellbird Park man was charged with two counts of indecent assault, and one count each of rape, assault with intent to commit rape and deprivation of liberty.

He is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on March 1.

Detective Senior Sergeant Tod Reid praised detectives for their dedication to this case.

“This weekend’s result goes to show just how determined we all are to solve each and every crime reported to us – even if it takes a while,” Detective Senior Sergeant Reid said.

“We will always strive to get a result. We will never give up, no matter how many years pass and offenders who believe they will never be held accountable for crimes they’ve committed over the years should think again.”

Shanee Dobeson
Shanee is a full-time Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. At the age of 20, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato in 2014, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal style blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.
  • alan tempest

    glad to see the detectives doing there job & to follow up on these types of ppl , well done ..!!