LOVERS’ LANE SEX KILLER CAUGHT AFTER 35 YEARS
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.