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Twins charged with historical child sex abuse during cold case investigation


A cold case investigation has led police to charge twin brothers over alleged child sexual abuse in NSW during the 1970s.

Detectives were investigating the disappearances of young women in the Lake Macquarie area during that period.


The cold case probes included the 1979 disappearances and suspected murders of Robyn Hickie and Amanda Robinson, as well as the 1994 kidnapping and suspected murder of Gordana Kotevski.


As part of their investigations detectives were looking into a private fundraiser function held on April 20, 1979 at the former Swansea Bowling Club.

While delving into this inquiry officers came across information relating to the sexual abuse of two boys in the late 1980s and early 1990s by two men, who were known to them.

Camera IconTwo men have been charged with child sex abuse. NCA NewsWire/ Gaye Gerard Credit: News Corp Australia

As a result, a 69-year-old man was arrested at a home in Seven Hills on Wednesday night and taken to Blacktown Police Station.

He was charged with three counts of sexual assault/indecent act in company, two counts of sexual assault/ incite indecency towards a person under the age of 16 years, two counts of sexual assault/indecent act with a person under the age of 16 and sexual intercourse with a child aged between 10 and 16.

The man appeared at Blacktown Local Court on the same day, where he was formally refused bail and will reappear on January 13.

A second man, also aged 69 and believed to be the man’s twin, was arrested in Greenacre on Thursday morning.

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Camera IconAmanda Therese Robinson went missing in 1979. Credit: News Corp Australia
Missing person Robyn Hickie (17), last seen waiting for bus near her Belmont home 30/12/78, one of four women who disappeared in Newcastle / Hunter Valley area between 1978-1979.
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Camera IconRobyn Hickie was 17 when she was last seen waiting for a bus near her Belmont home. Credit: News Corp Australia

He was taken to Bankstown Police Station and charged with 41 offences including multiple counts of each sexual intercourse with child aged between 10 and 16, sexual assault/indecent act in company, sexual assault/ incite indecency towards a person under the age of 16, and sexual assault/indecent act with person a person under 16 years old.

He was refused bail and will appear in Bankstown Local Court today.

As investigations into the girls’ disappearances continue strike force detectives wish to speak with other attendees of the fundraiser function on Friday April 20, 1979.

Investigators believe those attendees may have relevant information which could assist with their inquiries.

There’s no suggestion the two men in custody have any links to the disappearance and suspected murder of the three Lake Macquarie women.

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