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.
Hafizullah Mohaqiq was born in Afghanistan, spent periods living in Pakistan and Iran, before arriving in Shepparton two months ago.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The Fairley Leadership Program met in Tatura on Wednesday, exploring ‘Water and our catchment’ at Goulburn Murray Water.
Road authorities have made little progress to fixing Echuca’s most dangerous intersections.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Deniliquin bowler Dennis O'Keefe lost 25-19 in his bid for a quarter-final spot in the Victorian Singles Championships this week.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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