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Ballarat man arrested over 1993 murder of Suzanne Poll in Salisbury – ABC News

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Updated September 20, 2019 18:27:41

Police have arrested a Victorian man over the stabbing murder of Adelaide woman Suzanne Poll in April 1993.


Key points:

  • Suzanne Poll was stabbed to death at the stationery shop she worked at in 1993
  • DNA was left at the scene by the man who police believe murdered her
  • A DNA breakthrough has led to the arrest of a Victorian man

The stabbing murder of the mother-of-two has remained an open, unsolved case for 26 years.

She was counting takings at the end of her shift at a stationery shop in Salisbury, in Adelaide’s north, when a man entered the business about 9:00pm.

“For reasons that are completely unknown to us, it led to a vicious and sustained attack that has led to her death,” Major Crime officer in charge Detective Superintendent Des Bray said.

Superintendent Bray said the man left a “considerable amount” of blood in the Sands & McDougall shop in John Street.

DNA from the blood was tested many times over the years until finally, a few weeks ago, a positive result came back saying the offender had a “familial DNA link” to someone in the national police DNA database.

Police then “worked through the family” to identify who was the most likely offender, Superintendent Bray said.

At the time of the crime, the arrested man lived about 300 metres from the shop where Mrs Poll was murdered.

DNA was taken from the 46-year-old man on September 6, and it came back with confirmation of a match yesterday.

He was located in Ballarat today and arrested by Victoria Police.

“This, today, is a very important breakthrough for the family, it’s a very important breakthrough for the investigators, but this is very much the start of what will be a fresh investigation,” Superintendent Bray said.

SA Police detectives are travelling to Ballarat tomorrow and are expected to make further enquiries over the weekend and apply for the man’s extradition on Monday.

The man had no criminal history and had not come up previously in investigations, Superintendent Bray said.

“Today’s example is a very good example of the fact that we actually don’t give up and we keep trying no matter how many setbacks there might be,” he said.

Topics: murder-and-manslaughter, crime, law-crime-and-justice, police, adelaide-5000, salisbury-5108, sa, ballarat-3350, vic

First posted September 20, 2019 17:07:09

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