New DNA Technology Identifies Australian Serial Rapist "Bondi Beast"

Due to a breakthrough in DNA technology, Australian police have identified a serial rapist who became known as the "Bondi Beast", almost 40 years after he carried out his first attack.

An artist's impression released by NSW Police in 2016 of the so-called "Bondi Beast"
An artist's impression released by NSW Police in 2016 of the so-called "Bondi Beast"

Australian police made the breakthrough discovery after new DNA technology identified the serial rapist who terrorised women in Sydney for years.

Authorities have identified the "Bondi Beast" as Keith Simms, who died in February this year, aged 66.

In 2005, New South Wales Police formed Strike Force Doreen to investigate five sexual attacks that occurred in the eastern suburbs of the city.

Following extensive inquiries, authorities expanded the investigation to include 31 attempted and actual sexual assault offences between 1985 and 2001.

The attacker targeted women and girls of different ages, with the youngest being 14 and the oldest 55. The victims would either be abducted while out walking or jogging or attacked in their own homes.

The victims described the perpetrator as having a dark complexion, dark, wavy hair, a broad nose, brown eyes, and being between 160 and 180cm tall.

The women told police he was armed with a knife and kept most of his face hidden.

Despite iextensive police investigations and various appeals over the years, the attacks remained unsolved.

Breakthroughs came after a familial DNA match in the police database, which allowed detectives to narrow down the pool of suspects to 324 people - eventually leading them to Simms.

A spokesperson for New South Wales Police said: "further investigations and forensic examinations, including additional Y-STR testing, revealed the DNA was linked to a man who died earlier this year, aged 66.

"Further forensic testing was conducted at the Forensic and Analytical Science Service, and in September 2022, it was confirmed the man's DNA matched the suspect profile.

The statement added that Strike Force Doreen detectives had contacted the victims to inform them that the man had been identified, "but due to the circumstances, no further legal action could be taken."

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