Advancements in forensics has led to an arrest in a cold case in the South Island.
Invercargill police have arrested a 30-year-old Christchurch man in relation to an indecent assault on a young girl in Te Anau.
Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Bowman says its alleged that the man unlawfully entered a house in Te Anau in 2002 and indecently assaulted a seven-year-old girl who was asleep in bed at the time.
Senior Sergeant Bowman says the girl was a visitor at the house.
He says forensic evidence has now linked the man to the incident through DNA.
The 30-year-old male will appear in the Christchurch District Court next week on charges in relation to the incident.
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