Residents DNA-tested to solve alleged rape

By CHRIS LYNCHchrisl@gladstoneobserver.com.au

A LARGE number of local Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders have been DNA tested, as police yesterday renewed calls for assistance in solving a rape in Gladstone's Central Business District.

A young female was allegedly attacked between 2am and 2.40am on March 6 near the intersection of Goondoon and Yarroon streets behind the old post office building.

Detective Inspector and Regional Crime co-ordinator Mick Niland said last week the youth was initially in the company of two friends but was separated from them.

He said the alleged rape occurred in the 20 minutes she was separated from her peers.

The juvenile was then taken to Gladstone Hospital suffering small abrasions on her knees and bruising to the left elbow. Det Insp Niland said police had interviewed the girl's two friends who said they hadn't seen anything.

'The girl is traumatised as you would expect, but she is assisting police with their inquiries,' he said.

Yesterday Gladstone police District Inspector Rowan Bond said the incident continued to be the focus of a major investigation.

He said the Juvenile Aid Bureau (JAB) and police liaison officers had been canvassing a number of possibilities based on a mixture of public information and intelligence gathered.

JAB Detective Sergeant Ian Hutchieson said DNA samples were sent to a laboratory in Brisbane for testing and would be given priority over other cases.

A digital photo of the dress worn by the complainant at the time has been released in the hope it will be remembered by members of the public.

Anyone with information may phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Gladstone police on 4971 3222.



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