DNA traps rapist 25 years on after his OWN house is burgled

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DNA traps rapist 25 years on after his OWN house is burgled

Post by Guest on Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:05 pm

A rapist was finally caught by DNA evidence 25 years on from his crime after his home was burgled. Valentine Barnett, 60, initially escaped justice after raping a lone 20-year-old woman in a church doorway in January 1986.

When he called police to his home after reporting a break-in years later they took a swab of blood for forensic examination - which was later found to match that on the 1986 rape victim.

Barnett admitted the offence and was jailed for seven-and-a-half years in prison at Bristol Crown Court on Monday.Detective Sergeant Julia Mackay of Avon and Somerset Police said: 'It is ironic that Barnett was a victim of circumstances.He was a completely innocent party as far as the burglary was concerned, but that is what led to his downfall with the rape.This has been a fantastic investigation and in all the ones I have ever worked on it is one of the most rewarding.'

The rape took place in Bedminster, Bristol, in the early hours of January 30, 1986, after Barnett spotted his victim walking alone across the city centre. The casual labourer, of St Paul's, Bristol, began following the 20-year-old and trying to talk to her. He then pushed her into a church doorway and raped her.

Despite the ordeal, the young woman managed to push him away and run into a nearby 24-hour printers to raise the alarm.
Police were called and medical examiners took swabs of evidence from her - that would prove crucial 25 years later in catching the rapist.
A man was arrested soon after the crime but nothing came from the inquiry and the case was classified as unsolved.

Cold case: Gary Mason, Major Crime Investigation Officer, and DS Julia Mackay, who solved the case But a breakthrough came last year during a periodic assessment of outstanding cold cases by Avon and Somerset Police's specialist crime review team.

The review brought up a DNA match - from a swab of blood taken from Barnett's home after he reported the burglary in 2003.

Cops then arrested and charged Barnett, who insists he cannot remember the attack but admitted it because of the overwhelming DNA evidence.

DS Mackay said: 'When we arrested him at his home in October he was shocked. He consistently denied committing the offence and said he couldn't remember ever doing it. But it was obvious that it was him because the DNA evidence was compelling. He now accepts that it was him, and though he can't remember the case he says he is very sorry for it. So he has shown remorse for something he can't remember doing.'

Jamaican-born Barnett, who has lived in Bristol for most of his life and has no other criminal convictions, pleaded guilty to rape at Bristol Crown Court on February 28.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1369162/Rapist-Valentine-Barnett-caught-25-years-attack-DNA-sample.html#ixzz1HSVQ05xJ

He can't remember he raped someone??? Evil or Very Mad


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