Accused rapist found in regional Victoria, 40 years after skipping court

A MAN who allegedly raped a woman at gunpoint in Sydney almost 40 years ago has been arrested and charged after he was found hiding out in regional Victoria.

The now 62-year-old man was 26 when it’s alleged he raped a 22-year-old woman in a car on Qantas Drive at Mascot on Saturday, 25 April 1981.

The man was arrested, charged and committed to stand trial over the incident but failed to appear in court in 1984 after being released on bail.


After new information was provided to police, detectives from Botany Bay Police Area Command worked with Victoria Police and arrested the 62-year-old man at Shepparton on Thursday.

The man appeared in Shepparton Local Court and was extradited back to NSW overnight.

He has since been charged with the outstanding arrested warrant for the offence of rape.

The man was refused bail and due to appear in Central Local Court today.

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