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.
For the rest of the year’s major crime stories, grab a copy of today’s News.
Board members recall how they helped start Waratah Lodge, a retirement home that has lasted 25 years.
Police are currently at the scene of a double fatal collision involving two cars in at the Cahill Road, Gilmore Street and Woods Road intersection in Yarrawonga.
Tatura Community House held its annual High Tea fundraiser at the facility on Tuesday, with a full-house present to enjoy a sumptuous morning tea, good conversation and relaxing time together.
Sam Lowndes might have been the youngest member of the North-Eastern Knights under 13 hockey side, but he still made a big impact at the Junior State Hockey Championships in Melbourne last week.
Rochester Historical and Pioneer Society hosted an afternoon tea to recognise long-standing members Barrie and Flora Griffin and John and Margaret Harley.
Boil water notice lifted on Sunday for Kyabram and Merrigum
Scone Equine Hospital relaunches local veterinary practice.
Scores of local farmers and concerned community groups will travel to Barham today to protest the Murray Darling Basin Plan in front of key Senators and Members of Parliament.
A planning scheme amendment to allow the expansion and redevelopment of the IGA supermarket at Heathcote has been approved by the Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne.
The second Koonoomoo Pickers and Packers Charity Ball came to town on the weekend, and was bigger and better than ever.
An exciting three-hole playoff saw Virginia Lange take a narrow win in the Deniliquin Ladies Golf Championship last Thursday.
The second annual National Herd Development Victorian Winter Fair was in action at the Bendigo Exhibition Centre last Wednesday and Thursday.
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