The News looks back at the major crime stories from Shepparton and the Goulburn Valley in 2012.By Fiona Broom
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.
An old weatherboard home in Purcell St, Shepparton was destroyed by fire. Fire investigators are on scene to determine the cause of the fire
May 2013 will be forever remembered as the month soccer truly become an integral part of the junior sporting culture in Yarrawonga.
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
Melbourne youth outreach worker Les Twentyman was in Echuca and Rochester on Wednesday.
Banksia Securities Limited investors received a 45-cents-in-the-dollar payment on Friday.
Campaspe Shire Council's draft budget released today is pitched on delivering three key focus areas - people, place and prosperity.
Seymour were beaten by 45 points in the grand final replay against Tatura at Kings Park on Saturday.
Graham Gene Potter, 55, has been on the run since 2010 and police believe he could be in the Riverina area.
A pair of Costerfield farmers remain concerned about the quality of their water supply should a mine build its proposed evaporation ponds nearby.
Cobram fruit growers sacked by SPC Ardmona remain in limbo as they wait for confirmation on assistance packages they hope will help relieve the pressure of lost business.
Record crowd predicted for the 2013 Deniliquin Ute Muster with the announcement of US country superstar Alan Jackson as the headline act.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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