Breakthrough in 40-year-old murder/rape cold case

Police are expected to be releasing details on the case on TV tonight. File photo/SunLive.

New information is set to be revealed into the rape and murder of Alicia O’Reilly in Avondale more than 40 years ago.

Police will be releasing additional details on the Cold Case programme that have been uncovered as part of a review into the homicide investigation.

On August 16, 1980, six-year-old Alicia O’Reilly was found murdered in her bed at the family home on Canal Road in Avondale.

The investigation into her murder has remained open since, despite a lengthy initial investigation and subsequent reviews.

In mid-2020, Auckland City CIB began a review of the entire investigation file which included all the information gathered by Police over 40 years.

Detective Senior Sergeant Ngahiraka Latimer, who is leading the Operation Sturbridge review, says investigators have approached this investigation with an open mind and fresh eyes.

“Our team has reviewed all the material which has been gathered over the last forty years.

“This was a thorough cover-to-cover review of the file.

It has provided the investigation team with new lines of enquiry, which will be discussed in tonight's episode.”

Detective Senior Sergeant Latimer says the public should tune in on Tuesday, especially those who lived around Avondale at the time of Alicia’s murder.

“Police remain committed to bringing justice for Alicia no matter how much time has passed since her horrific murder.”

Cold Case airs on TVNZ 1 at 8.30pm on Tuesday, November 23, or you can watch it on TVNZ1 On Demand.



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