Judge to decide rape allegation
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.