Judge to de­cide rape al­le­ga­tion

The West Australian - - NEWS - Shan­non Hamp­ton

The judge-alone trial to de­ter­mine whether a man who was linked to the un­solved Cor­ryn Rayney mur­der case raped a teenager 28 years ago ended yes­ter­day.

Dis­trict Court judge Bruce Goetze is ex­pected to hand down his de­ci­sion on Septem­ber 8.

Ivan Ge­of­frey Eades faced a three-day trial this week ac­cused of raping a 14-yearold girl at a Gir­rawheen town­house in Oc­to­ber 1989.

The woman, now 42, was drink­ing with three other peo­ple at a stranger’s house when she was al­legedly dragged up­stairs to a bed­room and as­saulted by a man named Finky Eades.

Dur­ing the trial, the court was told the al­leged vic­tim be­came up­set af­ter hear­ing Eades’ name dur­ing the 2012 mur­der trial of Mrs Rayney’s hus­band.

Be­fore he was ac­quit­ted, Lloyd Rayney’s trial was told Mr Eades’ DNA was found on a cig­a­rette butt out­side the Rayney fam­ily home in Como.

The woman did not con­tact po­lice again about the al­leged un­solved crime, but she was called by of­fi­cers last year when DNA on her cloth­ing was re-an­a­lysed as part of a cold case re­view.

Pros­e­cu­tor Si­mon Wat­ters said the Rayney mat­ter was not part of the State case and the pos­si­ble pub­lic­ity around it was the rea­son the trial was heard by a judge alone.

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