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Australia Man arrested after DNA link reignites 'Inner West Rapist' investigation

03:20  29 november  2021
03:20  29 november  2021 Source:   9news.com.au

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A man has been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into a series of historical sexual assaults in Sydney’s north- west .

A 51-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a series of historic sexual assault allegations in New South Wales following a DNA breakthrough.

The man was arrested in Panania, a suburb in Sydney's south west, about 6am today and taken to Bankstown Police Station where he is expected to be charged with multiple offences.

His arrest is the culmination of a years-long investigation into the alleged 'Inner West Rapist' after 13 separate offences against women between 23 August 2003 and 2 November 2004 were linked by "by location and modus operandi".

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A 51-year-old man has been arrested following a DNA breakthrough. © NSW Police A 51-year-old man has been arrested following a DNA breakthrough.

NSW Police said four of those allegations were also "linked by a common DNA profile located at the crime scenes".

Strike Force McCoy was established in March 2004 but despite assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), local detectives exhausted all leads involving more than 3000 persons of interest.

Detectives from the State Crime Command's Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad completed a forensic review when they reinvestigated the case in February 2020.

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NSW Police make an arrest in connection with a series of historic sexual offences in New South Wales. © NSW Police NSW Police make an arrest in connection with a series of historic sexual offences in New South Wales.

Then earlier this year, experts from NSW Health Pathology's Forensic and Analytical Science Service (FASS) revealed they had established a familial DNA link in the case.

A DNA match was identified with the help from the Forensic Evidence and Technical Services Command's DNA Management Unit.

Police will address the arrest later today.

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