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

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Updated September 20, 2019 17:27:47

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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 working at a stationery shop in Salisbury, in Adelaide’s north, when a man entered the business at about 9:00pm and attacked her.

SA Police have said a “DNA breakthrough” involving a family link led to today’s arrest of the 46-year-old in Ballarat, in conjunction with Victoria Police.

Major Crime officer in charge Detective Superintendent Des Bray said Forensic Science South Australia had been able to provide police with a “familial DNA link” from evidence recovered at the scene of the murder in John Street.

“It was late night shopping at the adjacent Parabanks Shopping Centre on Thursday, April 29, 1993, when a man went into the business where Mrs Poll was working and fatally stabbed her,” he said.

“Police recovered DNA believed to be from the offender at that scene, but despite database searches and it being checked against hundreds of people, no match has been found by police.

“A recent familial link led to further inquiries in recent weeks with confirmation of the DNA match yesterday leading to today’s arrest of a man in Ballarat.”

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.

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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