The Calgary Police announced Friday that they have charged a man in relation to a sexual assault that occurred 30 years ago.
“In the early morning hours of Saturday, May 4, 1991, a masked intruder broke into a home, located in the community of Southview. A young mother was home alone with her toddler at the time. The offender attacked and sexually assaulted the woman before fleeing the home,” the Calgary Police said in a statement.
The statement further added that the assault was investigated extensively at the time by detectives; however, no suspect was identified. Investigators continued to review the file moving forward through the decades. Recently, advances in DNA science were a significant factor in CPS identifying a suspect and leading to this arrest.
On Wednesday, July 7, 2021, the Sexual Assault Investigative Unit Cold Case Team charged Thomas Craig BRODIE, 48, with house break and enter, sexual assault, disguise with intent, and forcible confinement in relation to the 1991 offence, the Calgary Police said, adding that he is next scheduled to appear in court on Friday, August 6, 2021.
“Forensic technology has advanced significantly since this sexual assault occurred,” says Staff Sergeant Michelle Doyle of the Calgary Police Service Sexual Assault Investigative Unit. “We never give up on these investigations, regardless of how much time has passed. Our investigators are dedicated to examining these cold cases to seek justice for victims of sexual assault.”