A panel beater accused of setting up a devoted rape car to prey upon weak teenagers is again on the streets after his household put up $500,000 for his bail.
Garry Prepare dinner, 71, of Drouin is accused of committing rapes in 1998 when he was residing in Menzies Creek – a small city 40km east of Melbourne‘s Central Enterprise District.
In chilling proof offered to the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court docket on Monday, police alleged Prepare dinner was aged in his 40s when he induced a wave of terror throughout the Dandenong Ranges.
A picture of a devoted rape wagon police consider Prepare dinner used to assault one sufferer
The married father of eight faces dozens of expenses, together with six counts of rape, abduction of a kid below 16, false imprisonment, making threats to kill and sexual penetration of a kid below 16.
The court docket heard Prepare dinner had been capable of cowl his tracks by his utilizing his abilities as a panel beater to assemble and conceal automobiles.
Prepare dinner has been working ProCar Collision Restore Centre, in Abbotsford, for greater than three many years.
On September 24, 1998, detectives declare Prepare dinner picked up a 15-year previous hitchhiker at about 8.45pm on Belgrave-Gembrook Highway close to the Belgrave railway station.
As soon as inside, he held a silver handgun to her head and drove her to a secluded space alongside a mud observe when he repeatedly raped her at gunpoint over 45 agonising minutes.
When he was completed, he dumped the lady on the outskirts of Emerald and fled into the evening.
Whereas the terrified teenager was capable of present an in depth description of her attacker and his car, together with its registration quantity, police have been by no means capable of finding the automobile.
Police search the Dandenong Ranges for clues again in 1998
Police declare Prepare dinner struck once more in December that very same yr.
This time his 15-year previous sufferer was targetted as she went to attend for a bus at 7.45am.
She was simply 10 seconds from residence when Prepare dinner allegedly supplied her a carry.
Once more Prepare dinner allegedly pulled a silver handgun and drove her to a mud observe off Kallista-Emerald Highway in The Patch.
This time he was driving a moroon-coloured 4WD wagon, which though clear, wreaked of cigarette smoke.
The sufferer later described being pressured at gunpoint into the rear of the car the place her attacker had positioned a mattress.
Upon entry, Prepare dinner allegedly erected curtains protecting the aspect and rear home windows.
He advised her to cowl right here eyes earlier than repeatedly raping her at the back of the wagon and dumping her.
Once more the teenager was capable of present an in depth description of her attacker and the car, which has by no means been discovered.
In opposing Prepare dinner’s launch on bail, Detective Senior Constable Shaun O’Meara stated not solely does Prepare dinner resemble photofit pictures offered by his alleged victims, however his DNA matched that taken from his victims’ on the time.
‘The accused had entry to all kinds of automobiles and he had the flexibility to utilise buyer automobiles at his discretion, he had the flexibility and know how you can modify automobiles, switch quantity plates and had intimate data of the offence areas,’ he stated.
The detective claimed each of Prepare dinner’s alleged victims believed they might by no means make it out of his automobile alive.
‘Each believed they have been experiencing the final minutes of their lives,’ he stated.
Police seek for clues in 1998. DNA was taken from Prepare dinner’s alleged victims, which they are saying matches his
The court docket heard Prepare dinner had prior convictions for dishonesty issues relationship again to the Sixties and 70s and had extra just lately been charged over a home violence offence.
In arguing for his launch, Prepare dinner’s lawyer Emily Clark stated her shopper’s sister would put up a $500,000 surety to make sure he complied with any bail circumstances.
Justice of the Peace Kieran Gilligan agreed the danger of Prepare dinner reoffending whereas on bail might be mitigated by the surety.
He additionally stated Prepare dinner supposed to problem DNA proof together with samples taken from the alleged victims on the time and a pattern taken from him throughout his police interview.
Police final month launched a public attraction, calling for many who hitchhiked in Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges within the late Nineteen Nineties to share their experiences.
Prepare dinner will return to court docket on November 17.