Man charged after DNA link provides new lead in historical sexual assault investigation

Wednesday, 27 October 2021 07:47:42 AM

A man will face court today charged following the re-investigation of an alleged kidnapping and sexual assault of a young woman in Sydney’s south-west in the mid-1990s.

Just after 12.30am on Tuesday 20 June 1995, an injured woman, then aged 22, spoke with officers at Bankstown Police Station and reported that she had been detained and sexually assaulted by a man.

The woman was taken to hospital for treatment and underwent a SAIK (Sexual Assault Investigation Kit).

Despite exhaustive inquiries and forensic examinations at the time, no charges were laid.

In March 2021, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad established Strike Force Tarana to reinvestigate the incident, after a DNA link was identified by NSW Health Pathology’s Forensic and Analytical Science Service.

Following further extensive inquiries, strike force detectives arrested a 48-year-old man at Lalor Park about 10.20am yesterday (Tuesday 26 October 2021).

The man was taken to Blacktown Police Station, where he was charged with detain for advantage without causing injury to victim, sexual intercourse without consent, and aggravated sexual assault – inflict actual bodily harm on victim.

The Villawood man has been refused bail to appear at Blacktown Local Court later today (Wednesday 27 October 2021).

Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad Commander, Detective Acting Superintendent Adam Powderly, said the arrest was the result of tenacious investigative work.

“Victims of sexual assault should know that from the moment they make a report, police will pursue every lead – no matter how long it takes,” Det A/Supt Powderly said.

“It also highlights the importance of reporting to police regardless of whether a crime will be pursued at court – if there’s forensic evidence available, it can be followed up at any time.”

The Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate matters against children and adults, including sexual assault, serious physical abuse, and extreme cases of neglect.

Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

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