A businessman has been jailed for raping a woman 26 years ago after police linked him to the crime when he was arrested decades later.

Company director Mark Carnelley had his DNA taken following an altercation with a group of rowdy teenagers outside his home.

The sample linked him to a violent September 1990 attack, which saw him grab and threaten his victim as she walked alone before frogmarching her to a deserted alleyway.

Following the sexual assault, the now-52-year-old rapist went on start a family and run a successful business in the printing industry with his wife that turned six-figure profits.

Carnelley was finally brought to justice after he complained about a group of noisy youths by his five-bed detached home in Gamston, Nottingham, in 2010.

At the time, he was arrested on suspicion of assaulting one of the teenagers and let off with a caution. However a sample of his DNA was taken and stored on the national database.

Five years later, DNA taken from his victim was tested with up-to-date techniques during a review of unsolved crimes – which resulted in a match to Carnelley.

He initially denied raping the woman, who was 25 in 1990, a year younger than her attacker, and a trial date was set.

Carnelley changed his plea to guilty and was jailed for seven years at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday.

After the hearing was told the probability of the DNA not being his was less than one in a billion, a judge said: ‘Thank heavens for science.’

David Allen, prosecuting, described how Carnelley had pulled his lone victim into an alleyway in Nottingham city centre on the night of September 14, 1990, claiming he had a knife – although no weapon was ever seen or found.

He raped the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and threatened to hurt her before fleeing.



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