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DNA farce of white man on rape charge in case where victim said attacker was black

A white man was wrongly charged with rape on flawed DNA evidence, even though the victim said her attacker was black.

The 26-year-old was arrested after police carried out a cold case review on the assault of a teenage girl seven years ago.

Scientists tested a hair on the girl and came up with a match to the father of two. He was bailed, tagged and warned he faced a trial.

Yesterday, following a four-month ordeal, he walked free from court after the prosecution offered no evidence against him.

He was arrested last October after detectives reinvestigated the attack on the 17-year-old girl in Bexleyheath, Kent.

She was assaulted as she walked home after a meal with a friend in December 2001.

The offender grabbed her around the neck, dragged her into a garden where he ripped her clothes off and raped her.

She told her mother and police that her attacker was "black, large and tall".

The arrested man is white, 5ft 5in and slim and said he had not been to Bexleyheath.

Prosecutor Lisa Wilding told Southwark Crown Court: "This case has an extremely unusual aspect to it in that the description given of her assailant by the complainant is of a large, tall, black man, which this defendant is clearly not......Article conts (-)

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