The News looks back at the major crime stories from Shepparton and the Goulburn Valley in 2012.FIONA BROOM December 27, 2012 4:34am
Neville Mansfield was jailed for 16 years for the brutal rape of a woman in her Shepparton home in 1993.
He entered the home heavily disguised, tied up an elderly babysitter and two children aged six and 11, before attacking the mother.
DNA evidence discovered in 2007 led to a trial, where Mansfield was found guilty of charges including five counts of rape and four counts of unlawful imprisonment.
Former Shepparton police officer Frank Eyre failed in his third bid for an inquest into the shooting deaths of his son Constable Damian Eyre and colleague Constable Steve Tynan.
A ruling by the Victorian State Coroner said there were no new facts to warrant an investigation. Constables Eyre, 20, and Tynan, 22, were ambushed and murdered on October 12, 1988.
A teenager was found not guilty of the attempted murder of Kialla resident Bill Hickford pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and theft from the same incident.
The boy, aged 17 at the time, ws sentenced to 182 days in a youth justice centre. Mr Hickford stabbed more than a dozen times on the morning of December 17, 2010, when he confronted two young men who broke into his home.
A good Samaritan was bashed and his car stolen after he agreed to take a man to see his brother in hospital.
Joel Ray Kneebone, 23, knocked on the door of the Dookie man’s house at 1.30
The man said he would take Kneebone as far as Congupna, but was assaulted before they got there.
Kneebone pleaded guilty in November and was given a two-month suspended sentence.
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Every picture tells a story and every treasured object has a memory — this is the message behind a call to find Shepparton memorabilia for display.
Police investigating a break and enter at a Mulwala club more than 10 years ago are renewing their appeal for public assistance by releasing an image of a person they believe has information to assist them.
Tatura’s Victory Hall is set for a big year as preparations get under way to celebrate the hall’s 90th birthday in September.
Former district resident and award-winning television producer Joanna Werner will no doubt be shopping for a glitzy gown ahead of the Emmy Awards in New York on February 20.
Rochester Secondary College school captains Dom Atley and Tim Poole have been accepted to study biomedical science in the first step towards becoming doctors.
Will it be Merrigum or Lancaster?
Fire destroys key public buildings in Seymour
Finley Henry Matheson was bestowed one of the highest Australia Day honours.
Heathcote Hostel residents were treated to a visit from Heathcote’s favourite horse, Sub Zero, as part of Australia Day celebrations.
Recent weather conditions have come as a mixed blessing for farmers, with high rainfall and humidity providing a respite for irrigators as well as difficult growing and picking conditions for fruit growers.
Darren McLoughlin only started playing croquet seven years ago.
From orchards to harvest to shelves, a new exhibition will celebrate the Goulburn Valley’s iconic fruit industry. The Photos of the Fruit Industry exhibition will run as part of the SheppARTon Festival in March and aims to share memories and history of an industry that has shaped the region.
Former Benalla footballer Tom Rockliff has been named captain of the Brisbane Lions Football Club.
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