A 65-year-old has admitted murdering Melbourne man Rodney Mitchell at a popular “parking” spot in during the 1980s.
James Dobbie, a New South Wales resident, appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court today, pleading guilty to killing the 37-year-old in May 1983 at Police Paddocks, Rowville.
Mr Mitchell and a woman were sitting inside his parked car when they were ambushed by Dobbie, who was wearing a balaclava and armed with a sawn-off shotgun.
The victim, who was naked at the time, tried to fight off Dobbie, but was shot and died at the scene.
The woman escaped, with Mr Mitchell’s car later found dumped at Caulfield Station in the city’s south-east.
Dobbie also admitted offences at the sex spot against another five victims – three women and two men – during three other incidents from 1980 to 1983.
He pleaded guilty to unlawful imprisonment, several charges of rape while in possession of a shotgun and indecent assault.
As he was led out of the courtroom, Dobbie said “thank-you” to the magistrate.
He was remanded in custody to reappear in the Supreme Court of Victoria for a directions hearing on November 1.
Victoria Police previously said the charges were the result of a long investigation by Homicide Squad detectives, including a recent review by the cold-case team.
In 2013, police officers offered a $500,000 reward for information.
Dobbie was arrested in the New South Wales town of Tocumwal in June this year.
He was previously said to have suffered a heart attack and a stroke in the past two years, needing a “considerable” amount of medication, and also has hearing issues.
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