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Man jailed for 18-year rape after advancements in DNA

Samuel Scott
Original witnesses in the case were re-called to give evidence

A rapist who carried out an attack on a woman nearly 18 years ago has been jailed for 10 years after scientists used advances in DNA technology.

Samuel Scott, 50, from Manor Park, London, was convicted of raping the Liverpool woman in Bournemouth.

Bournemouth Crown Court heard Scott broke into the 27-year-old's home in the town and threatened her with a weapon before raping her.

No-one was prosecuted at the time of the attack in August 1992.

However officers looked back into the case in January 2009 with a team from Dorset Police's forensic science service.

This led to a full profile of the suspect after DNA samples were re-examined.

'Truly horrific'

Dorset Police said the profile was loaded onto the national DNA database which identified Samuel Scott, of Manor Park.

As part of the trial some witnesses involved in the original investigation were also re-called to give evidence, as well as the victim.

Det Insp Jez Noyce, of Dorset Police's major crime investigation team, said: "Due to modern advances in DNA technology, we have been able to solve this truly horrific crime and bring the offender to justice.

"The chances of the DNA profile matching anyone other than Samuel Scott is around one in a billion.

"I would like to pay tribute to the bravery of the victim, who had to relive her traumatic experience in a court all of these years later."

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