Man, 52, found guilty of rape in extraordinary cold case A Nottinghamshire man has been jailed for a rape 26 years after the crime took place, thanks to new DNA evidence. Mark Carnelley, 52, sexually assaulted his female victim (then 25), in a Nottingham alleyway in 1990.
Twenty years later, Carnelley had his DNA tested after being accused of assault. During a 2015 review of cold cases, his DNA proved to be a match of that found on the victim's clothing after the crime. Speaking about the assault in court, the unnamed woman said: "It made me feel like I wanted to rip my insides out and my body didn't belong me me any more. I never got over what happened to me." Mr Carnelley's lawyer argued that his client had "no specific recollection" of committing the crime, and said that he was now a "very different person to the person I was then." Judge Stuart Rafferty QC addressed Mr Carnelley and told him: "As time went by you simply confined [the victim] and that night to memory. Were it not for advances in science you would never have been caught. Thank heavens sometimes for science."