Irish student’s murder solved

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21 November 2003 , MUNICH - German police say DNA analysis has helped them solve the 12-year-old rape and murder of an Irish student in Munich. A 38-year-old German was arrested this week in the northern town of Bremerhaven and has confessed to the crime, Munich police said.

21 November 2003

MUNICH - German police say DNA analysis has helped them solve the 12-year-old rape and murder of an Irish student in Munich.

A 38-year-old German was arrested this week in the northern town of Bremerhaven and has confessed to the crime, Munich police said.


Sinead O'Neill, 20, from Dublin was stabbed 10 times in the chest and back on the night of 19 August 1991. She was found covered in blood the next morning and died a day later of her injuries.

O'Neill had been working at a Munich beer garden and sleeping at a camping site near the Isar River.

The arrested man told police he had followed the student and knocked her to the ground after she had refused his advances. He then raped and stabbed the woman, leaving her for dead.

The man, who police said had previous convictions, had been ordered to provide a saliva sample, which was found to match the genetic information contained in sperm traces on the murder victim.

Police in Germany are increasingly solving old murder cases, sexual offences and other crimes with the use of the DNA databank established in April 1998 by the Federal Criminal Police Department in Wiesbaden.

Around 225,000 DNA samples are now on file. The data helped police last year solve 66 murder cases, 135 sexual offences and more than 3,000 robberies.

DPA
Subject: German news

 


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