LOVERS’ LANE SEX KILLER CAUGHT AF­TER 35 YEARS

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A MUR­DERER has ad­mit­ted killing a man and rap­ing two women in front of their boyfriends at a no­to­ri­ous out­door sex spot.

James Dob­bie pleaded guilty to the mur­der of Rod­ney Mitchell, who was shot at the Po­lice Pad­docks Re­serve, in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia, in 1983.

Mr Mitchell had driven to the re­serve with a woman and the pair were both naked when Dob­bie ap­proached the car with a sawn- off shot­gun.

Mr Mitchell was told to get out but he lunged at his masked at­tacker in a brave at­tempt to dis­arm him.

Dob­bie shot Mr Mitchell, who later died of his in­juries. He then tied up the woman, telling her: “If you try any­thing like that, I will shoot you.”

Dob­bie drove off but the woman man­aged to un­lock the car door and throw her­self out of the mov­ing ve­hi­cle, de­spite be­ing tied up.

She was later taken to hos­pi­tal af­ter be­ing found by con­cerned mem­bers of the pub­lic.

It was Dob­bie’s third and fi­nal at­tack at the Po­lice Pad­docks.

On March 22, 1980, he forced a 21- year- old woman and her fella out of their car at gun­point.

He tied the man to a nearby tree and forced the woman to per­form oral sex on him. He then pushed her to the ground and raped her in front of the pow­er­less man.

The sec­ond at­tack took place three years later, when he raped a girl aged 18 as her boyfriend stood bound and gagged nearby.

Dob­bie ap­peared at Mel­bourne Mag­is­trates’ Court last week, and pleaded guilty to mur­der, un­law­ful im­pris­on­ment, sev­eral charges of rape while in pos­ses­sion of a shot­gun and in­de­cent as­sault.

Vic­to­ria Po­lice said the charges were the re­sult of a very long in­ves­ti­ga­tion, in­clud­ing a re­cent re­view by the cold case team.

Dob­bie has had a heart at­tack and a stroke in the past two years.

He was re­manded in cus­tody to reap­pear in the Supreme Court of Vic­to­ria for a hear­ing later this month.

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