DNA advances capture 1986 rapist

 


A 60-year-old man pleaded guilty today to a 1986 rape he had already been acquitted of after conclusive DNA evidence was discovered.

Alexander McGuire admitted the offence at Reading Crown Court after a re-investigation by Thames Valley Police's major crime review team.

He had stood trial for the Berkshire rape more than 25 years ago but was acquitted by a jury even though the victim, then 29, had given evidence and picked him out of an identity parade.

Thames Valley Police said today that forensic evidence secured during the medical examination of the victim from 1986 was re-examined using new DNA techniques not available to the original investigation team. This identified a DNA profile which matched McGuire's DNA, with a one-in-a-billion chance it was not his DNA.

The victim was working at the McDonald's restaurant in Thames Street, Windsor on a late shift in November 1986 when she went down to the lower area of the restaurant to go to the toilet.

As she emerged from the cubicle she was confronted by McGuire who pushed her back into the toilet cubicle, told her that he had a knife and raped her.

McGuire was arrested some months later, charged and tried but he was found not guilty.

Due to McGuire having been previously acquitted, the police applied to the Director of Public Prosecutions for consent for the case to be reinvestigated under double jeopardy legislation contained within the Criminal Justice Act 2003.

McGuire was arrested at his home in Greyhound View, Sandy Lane, Bedfordshire in July 2011 and the original trial verdict was quashed in December 2011, leading to the verdict today.

Detective Constable Alison Brown said: "McGuire thought he had got away with his horrendous crime when he was originally acquitted over 25 years ago. However, due to the advance in forensic technology and new legislation under double jeopardy, we were able to prosecute him and he has finally been punished for his crime.

"His guilty plea shows he knew the evidence against him was too strong to deny. I hope cases such as this show other offenders that the MCRT (major crime review team) is dedicated to solving unsolved serious crimes and will use every tool available to do so.

"I would also like to pay tribute to the victim who was very supportive of the re-investigation. Although she did not actually have to give her evidence, she was prepared to in order to make sure that McGuire finally received the punishment that he deserved."

McGuire will be sentenced on April 20 at Reading Crown Court.

PA

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
News
The two faces revealed by the ultraviolet light
newsScholars left shaken after shining ultraviolet light on 500-year-old Welsh manuscript
News
Rosamund Pike played Bond girld Miranda Frost, who died in Die Another Day (PA)
news
Arts and Entertainment
books
News
newsHow do you get your party leader to embrace a message and then stick to it? With people like this
ebooks
ebooksA special investigation by Andy McSmith
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

General Election 2015: The masterminds behind the scenes

The masterminds behind the election

How do you get your party leader to embrace a message and then stick to it? By employing these people
Machine Gun America: The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons

Machine Gun America

The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons
The ethics of pet food: Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?

The ethics of pet food

Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?
How Tansy Davies turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

How a composer turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

Tansy Davies makes her operatic debut with a work about the attack on the Twin Towers. Despite the topic, she says it is a life-affirming piece
11 best bedside tables

11 best bedside tables

It could be the first thing you see in the morning, so make it work for you. We find night stands, tables and cabinets to wake up to
Italy vs England player ratings: Did Andros Townsend's goal see him beat Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney to top marks?

Italy vs England player ratings

Did Townsend's goal see him beat Kane and Rooney to top marks?
Danny Higginbotham: An underdog's tale of making the most of it

An underdog's tale of making the most of it

Danny Higginbotham on being let go by Manchester United, annoying Gordon Strachan, utilising his talents to the full at Stoke and plunging into the world of analysis
Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police

Steve Bunce: Inside Boxing

Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police
No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat