Arrests in 1995 gang rape case despite police allegedly destroying evidence

| 18.06,19. 06:42 PM |



Arrests in 1995 gang rape case despite police allegedly destroying evidence



Photo: 'Eve' on the night of her 21st birthday in 1995, hours before she was allegedly gang raped by four men in Brisbane. (Supplied)



Queensland police have made a breakthrough in a controversial historical gang rape case, arresting three men — including two who will be extradited from interstate to face court.


The accused trio are due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday.


A 47-year-old Brisbane man, a 53-year-old Adelaide man and a 43-year-old Sydney man will face sexual assault charges, a police spokesman said.


The arrests come 24 years after 'Eve', who cannot be identified for legal reasons, reported to police she was raped by at least four men on her 21st birthday.


The investigation stalled but in recent years Eve had pressed for police to review the case.


In April, the ABC revealed two detectives had privately told Eve that potential DNA evidence, including her dress, underwear and rape kit samples, had been destroyed along with evidence in other cases.


It prompted a rare intervention by State Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington, who co-signed a letter with Eve calling on the Crime and Corruption Commission to launch an independent investigation.


Eve told ABC she had mixed feelings at news of the arrests.


"I'm so glad they have made progress in the case, but also angry that it's taken this long … a quarter of a century," she said.

"I'm angry that I had to fight and keep pushing the police for them to just look at the case, for them to finally arrest somebody.


"For 20-some years, they did not even want to investigate the case."


The police spokesman said the arrests were "as a result of a protracted investigation conducted by the sexual crime unit, state crime command into a 1995 cold case sexual assault complaint".



If you or anyone you know needs help:

•Lifeline on 13 11 14

•Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800

•MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978

•Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467

•Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36

•Headspace on 1800 650 890

•ReachOut at au.reachout.com



Eve said she now faced the added stress of testifying in a "she said, they said" scenario without the strength of certain forensic evidence.


"I still want the police to be held to account, with all the time gone by and all the evidence that's been destroyed," she said.


"I did not get to get on with my life for that quarter of a century whereas they did — the police, the alleged offenders.


"I'm still trying to put my life together, I'm still in counselling and I'm still trying to recover from it all."


There is an ongoing internal police investigation into the handling of the case.


The Queensland Police Service has denied there was a decision to destroy physical evidence but admitted to difficulties in locating items.


Under Queensland law, the accused cannot be identified.


abc


(Votes: 0)

Write Your Comment
Comment

Other News

Woman arrested after Sydney high-rise death at Zetland apartment complex NSW budget 2019 delivers record $93b infrastructure spend, $1b surplus Australian dollar nears decade-low after Reserve Bank justifies interest rate cut Screaming heard in Sydney apartment before woman plunges to death from high rise Body of newborn baby found in backyard of Newcastle house as police search for mother Christchurch massacre video poster Phillip Arps sentenced to 21 months jail Australian Army sex assault scandal grows as reservist charged in new incident Theo Hayez's father makes emotional press plea to find 18yo who is 'in grave danger Mascot Towers residents told to seek help from Salvation Army if they're homeless Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Chris O'Neill bashed at Toorak's Heyington train station Mascot Towers unit owners to foot bill for repairs prompting calls for better consumer protections Teen girl killed in three-car smash in NSW Teen shot from neighbouring unit while standing on Gold Coast hotel balcony What we know about the Mascot Towers cracks Volleyball coach 'had no idea' sex with 16-year-old girl was against the law, Perth court hears Milk recall for Coles, Pauls, REV and PhysiCAL brands over cleaner contamination fears ?What happens if you die before you pay off your HELP debt 'The Ripper..Coward' Christchurch shooter pleads not guilty to 51 charges of murder 'Disgusting': man sentenced for groping female runner on Sydney's Bay Run Men shot by police in Barnawartha North were known to counterterrorism police Aiia Maasarwe's killer Codey Herrmann pleads guilty to murder and rape John Setka defies calls to quit CFMEU leadership after moves to expel him from Labor Party Woman charged with murder after stabbing in Brisbane Retail union takes Woolworths to Fair Work Commission over 'non-genuine' restructure Appeals Court judge condemns police violence in Australia Day arrest of Aboriginal man Sydney property 'stagnant' as listings drop to 12-year low Police initiate major search for backpacker missing in Byron Bay Man pleads guilty to the rape and murder of Aiia Maasarwe Woman's body found after ultralight crashes into Lake Eildon, in central Victoria Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate a girl who went missing