Police arrest alleged Adelaide rapist 34 years after crime thanks to new DNA technology

After he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman and dragged her to a car at knifepoint, cops used DNA technology to find him.

  • A 34-year-old case of sexual assault has been reopened by new DNA technology
  • According to police, the woman was sexually assaulted by a man in August 1988 in West Adelaide
  • A 62-year old man was charged and released on bail and will be appearing in court in 2023 
  • SAPOL’s new technologies give it ‘increased possibilities to identify people’
  • The AFP spent the last year improving its forensic capabilities in order to solve cases.

South Australian Police arrested a man after he allegedly raped an Australian woman at knifepoint.

Police claim that the man, now aged at 62, assaulted the woman in August 1988 while she was running through Croydon in Adelaide’s west.

After being threatened with a knife, the woman was forced to get into a car and then sexually assaulted. 

She Managed to get away from the car, and received help from a member. All samples were collected by the police. 

North Adelaide man, aged 27 at the time, was taken into custody on Friday. Police revealed Monday that it was modernization of DNA technology that led to the arrest. 

Police claim that a woman was running through Croydon (above), before being sexually assaulted in August 1988 by a man driving a car.

Richard Lambert, South Australia Police Detective chief Inspector, said that technology helps police solve cold cases.

He said that DNA technology has given police greater opportunities to identify suspects in all types of crime.

“This investigation shows SAPOL’s determination to pursue those (allegedly responsible) for sexual assaults that occurred years ago, even those that were committed many years ago.

“The lasting impact of these types (alleged) crimes on victims is unimaginable.

“While DNA technology is constantly improving, SAPOL will still be determined to hold (alleged violent sexual offenders) accountable for their crimes.”

The man was arrested and charged with rape. 

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Lambert (Above) Said The New Technologies That Led To The Arrest Will Also 'Provide Police With Increased Opportunities To Identify People'

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Lambert (above), stated that the new technologies used in the arrest would also give police more opportunities to identify suspects.

The man was arrested almost one year after the Australian Federal Police said it would use a separate type of DNA technology.

Massively Parallel Sequencing, also known as MPS, can be used to make physical predictions based on DNA that has been left at crime scene scenes.

Police can use the sequencing to predict gender, biogeographical origins, and eye colour. Future capabilities include age, height, and facial features like lip fullness.

In October of this year, the AFP also announced its partnership with Othram, a forensic genomics laboratory that, over the past three years, has helped the United States and Canada solve decades-old cold cases.

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