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Portugal police could reopen case into rape of Irish woman in 2004

News Summed Up 2020-07-22 05:30:00

Detectives in Portugal last week collected the archived case file on the vicious assault in 2004 of Hazel Behan, who was working as a holiday rep in Praia da Rocha on the Algarve, according to a source in the public prosecutor’s office. A judge could later decide if the investigators can officially reopen the case, a ruling that is unlikely to happen until after the summer. She discovered the 43-year-old had recently been convicted of the rape of a 72-year-old American woman in Praia da Luz in 2005. The destruction of forensic evidence in cases where no suspect has been identified is reportedly standard practice in Portugal. Behan said she was treated insensitively by the Portuguese police, who she believes failed to properly investigate the rape.