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Forensics helping to solve offences
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
FORENSIC breakthroughs have resulted in arrests for two historic crime cases in Gisborne.
A teenager has been arrested for the alleged rape of young woman who was dragged off a Gisborne street in October last year.
The other arrest was a man who allegedly walked into a suburban dairy in 2010 armed with a large knife.
Both arrests were possible because of forensic breakthroughs in each case.
On October 13 last year, a 17-year-old woman was in the vicinity of Munro Street and Lytton Road when she was accosted by a young male on a bicycle about 11.30pm.
She was forced off the footpath and into a nearby reserve where she was allegedly raped.
An 18-year-old man has been arrested in relation to the incident and appeared in Gisborne District Court last week.
The teenager was released on bail until he is scheduled to reappear on December 12.
Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Scott said items collected and forensically examined from the crime scene assisted their investigation.
Police did not inform the media about the rape at the time. This latest development is the first time the assault has been reported.
The second arrest related to an aggravated robbery at the Bridge Store in Roebuck Road, by the Botanical Gardens.
At about 7.45pm on June 10, 2010, a man with his face disguised, and armed with a large knife, entered the store and demanded money from the shop worker.
The shop worker refused to hand over any money and left the shop through a back entrance.
Det Snr Sgt Scott said a number of items were stolen from the shop when the intruder left.
“As a result of good scene work by the attending officers on the night, some items were recovered that the police allege forensically link a person with the crime.”
A 21-year-old Gisborne man was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery and appeared in Gisborne District Court on November 16.
He was released on bail and will appear again on December 12.
The day after the aggravated robbery, police appealed for witnesses who might have seen a vehicle near the dairy at the time of the robbery.
In particular they wanted to hear from a woman customer who arrived as the offender left.
No description of the man was available at the time because his face was covered.
01:37 p.m. Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012
Yet the alleged rapist has been released on bail???
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