24 year old rape case solved in Sweden

A change in the law this year made it possible for police to search in their DNA-bank for possible family members of suspects.

Last week, a 58-year-old man was arrested, suspected of a brutal rape of an 8-year-old girl in Billdal, south of Gothenburg, in 1995.

The arrest happened after police used DNA from the 24-year-old crime scene to search for relatives of the suspect, something they have not been allowed to do before the law was changed.

Out of a list of just over 30 people with similar DNA in the police register from previous criminal investigations, the police quickly shifted their focus to a 58-year-old man, who did not turn up when they asked him to come in to give a DNA sample.

The man denies any wrongdoing.

One year before the case would have been statute-barred (if thats the correct word?).

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  • Meltdown99Meltdown99 None Of Your Business...Posts: 6,278

    A change in the law this year made it possible for police to search in their DNA-bank for possible family members of suspects.

    Last week, a 58-year-old man was arrested, suspected of a brutal rape of an 8-year-old girl in Billdal, south of Gothenburg, in 1995.

    The arrest happened after police used DNA from the 24-year-old crime scene to search for relatives of the suspect, something they have not been allowed to do before the law was changed.

    Out of a list of just over 30 people with similar DNA in the police register from previous criminal investigations, the police quickly shifted their focus to a 58-year-old man, who did not turn up when they asked him to come in to give a DNA sample.

    The man denies any wrongdoing.

    One year before the case would have been statute-barred (if thats the correct word?).

    Great job.  Always great to hear of these old cases getting solved.  I have read of a case in the US getting solved because people have submitted DNA to a genealogy site...
  • Spiritual_ChaosSpiritual_Chaos Posts: 13,030
    edited March 6

    A change in the law this year made it possible for police to search in their DNA-bank for possible family members of suspects.

    Last week, a 58-year-old man was arrested, suspected of a brutal rape of an 8-year-old girl in Billdal, south of Gothenburg, in 1995.

    The arrest happened after police used DNA from the 24-year-old crime scene to search for relatives of the suspect, something they have not been allowed to do before the law was changed.

    Out of a list of just over 30 people with similar DNA in the police register from previous criminal investigations, the police quickly shifted their focus to a 58-year-old man, who did not turn up when they asked him to come in to give a DNA sample.

    The man denies any wrongdoing.

    One year before the case would have been statute-barred (if thats the correct word?).

    Great job.  Always great to hear of these old cases getting solved.  I have read of a case in the US getting solved because people have submitted DNA to a genealogy site...
    The Golden State Killer? 

    There is a famous double murder from 2004 in Sweden that they hope will be solved through using one of those sites.
    The man they call my enemy. I've seen his eyes, he looks just like me - A mirror...
  • oftenreadingoftenreading Victoria, BCPosts: 9,970
    I am never going to give a sample of my DNA to any of those sites. Not because I’ve killed or assaulted anyone, but because, as these cases and many others show, once you do that you lose all control of your genetic information. 
    my small self... like a book amongst the many on a shelf
  • PJ_SoulPJ_Soul Vancouver, BCPosts: 47,186
    edited March 6
    I am never going to give a sample of my DNA to any of those sites. Not because I’ve killed or assaulted anyone, but because, as these cases and many others show, once you do that you lose all control of your genetic information. 
    True. Too late for me in that context. My sister already submitted hers, which means I can also be found through DNA.
    With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy. ~ Desiderata
  • Spiritual_ChaosSpiritual_Chaos Posts: 13,030
    PJ_Soul said:
    I am never going to give a sample of my DNA to any of those sites. Not because I’ve killed or assaulted anyone, but because, as these cases and many others show, once you do that you lose all control of your genetic information. 
    True. Too late for me in that context. My sister already submitted hers, which means I can also be found through DNA.
    All those serial killings of yours will be found out! QUICK SELL ME YOUR BENAROYA HALL VINYL IF YOU HAVE ONE!
    The man they call my enemy. I've seen his eyes, he looks just like me - A mirror...
  • PJ_SoulPJ_Soul Vancouver, BCPosts: 47,186
    PJ_Soul said:
    I am never going to give a sample of my DNA to any of those sites. Not because I’ve killed or assaulted anyone, but because, as these cases and many others show, once you do that you lose all control of your genetic information. 
    True. Too late for me in that context. My sister already submitted hers, which means I can also be found through DNA.
    All those serial killings of yours will be found out! QUICK SELL ME YOUR BENAROYA HALL VINYL IF YOU HAVE ONE!
    I do not have one, sorry! I guess I could kill someone for theirs though...  :lol:
    With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy. ~ Desiderata
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