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DNA helps catch rapist from 1988 sex attack

Published 15/04/2011 | 05:00

A rapist caught by a one-in-a-billion DNA match more than 20 years after he attacked a young woman was jailed for life yesterday, writes Tom Pugh.

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James John Robertson (58) assaulted and raped the 20-year-old after she accepted a lift from him following an argument she had with a friend in 1988.

The crime was unsolved until cold-case detectives re-examined samples taken from the victim following advances in scientific techniques.

The samples provided a link with Robertson who was on the DNA database after he was convicted of grievous bodily harm.

Robertson, of Lancashire, England, went on trial at Canterbury Crown Court after pleading not guilty to rape, actual bodily harm and indecent assault.

Jurors heard how Robertson approached his victim as she rowed with a friend.

A jury took five-and-a-half hours to convict Robertson on Tuesday and yesterday he was jailed for life, Kent Police said.

Irish Independent

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