Police have made a major breakthrough in their investigation into the horrifying sexual assault of a 20-year-old woman in South Brisbane five years ago.
Detectives said that around 11.30pm on April 15, 2011, a woman was followed by two men while walking along Manning Street after leaving a nearby venue.
The pair are alleged to have forced the woman into a nearby lane and sexually assaulted her, leaving her with serious injuries.
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An investigation into the sickening attack has been ongoing ever since and around 9.00am today, detectives attended a home at Annerley and took a 24-year-old man into custody.
He was taken to Police Headquarters and charged with three counts of rape, two counts of sexual assault and one count of deprivation of liberty.
Around the same time, NSW officers arrested a 32-year-old man in northern New South Wales on behalf of Queensland investigators.
Police confirmed in a statement that he will also be charged with three counts of rape, two counts of sexual assault and one count of deprivation of liberty on his return to Queensland.
Detective Inspector Garry Watts paid tribute to the many officers who worked around the clock to bring a resolution to the case.
“This result would not have been possible without the tireless work of officers from both the Brisbane Region and the State Crime Command from all the way back to 2011, right up to today,” Detective Inspector Watts said.
“This should send a message to the community – while a lot of time can pass and people may think they have been able to get away with something they did years ago – we continue our work in the background with the ultimate goal of bringing offenders before the Courts.”