Police investigating the disappearance of young women in the NSW Lake Macquarie area in the late 70s have uncovered alleged child abuse offences committed by twin brothers.
A Strike Force was set up two years ago to re-examine the 1979 disappearances and suspected murders of Robyn Hickie and Amanda Robinson, as well as the 1994 kidnapping and suspected murder of Gordana Kotevski.
As part of the investigation, detectives conducted inquiries relating to activity in the east Lake Macquarie area the night Amanda went missing, including a private fundraiser function at the former Swansea Bowling Club.
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“While exploring this line of inquiry, detectives uncovered information relating to the sexual abuse of two boys in the late 1980s and early 1990s by two men, who were known to them,” police said.
It led them to a home in Seven Hills last Wednesday, where they arrested a 69-year-old man.
He was charged with a string of offences, including three counts of sexual assault (Cat 4) assault + indecent act, in company and two counts of sexual assault (Cat 4) incite indecent act person under 16.
The man was also charged with two counts of sexual assault (Cat 4) indecent act with person under 16 and sexual intercourse with child 10 or over and under 16 years.
He was refused bail to reappear in court in January.
Following investigations, the man’s twin brother was arrested in Greenacre today.
He has been charged with 41 offences including multiple counts of each sexual intercourse with child 10 or over and under 16 years, sexual assault (Cat 4) assault + indecent act, in company; sexual assault (Cat 4) incite indecent act person under 16, and sexual assault (Cat 4) indecent act with person under 16.
He was refused bail to appear in Bankstown Local Court today.
“As investigations into the girls’ disappearances continue, detectives are seeking to identify and speak with other attendees of the fundraiser function on Friday 20 April 1979,” NSW police said.
“Investigators believe those attendees may have relevant information which could assist with their inquiries.”
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