French police perplexed after DNA results of twins in rape cases match

London, Feb. 11 (ANI): The French police investigating a series of rapes has been left confused after DNA evidence matched a set of twins, and cannot conclude which brother was the criminal.

Police in the southern city of Marseille have in the meantime charged both men, identified only as Elwin and Yohan, and are holding them without bail, as telling the difference between the twins DNA was extremely difficult.

According to Sky News, Chief investigator Emmanuel Kiehl said that it was rare case and finding the perpetrator was difficult as the twins were identical.

The two men, both 24-year-old unemployed delivery drivers, deny any involvement in the rapes of six women between September and January.

Police admit that without far more extensive tests it will be difficult to figure out which of the twins was possibly behind the attacks or whether both men were indeed involved.

Police tracked the twins down through video footage recorded on a bus and a mobile telephone allegedly taken from one of the victims and found in the brothers' possession, the report said.

The victims' mobile phones were taken in each of the attacks, which took place in the corridors of buildings and involved women aged 22 to 76, it added.

According to the report, police said the victims were also able to identify the suspects, but not to tell them apart.

Kiehl said DNA evidence was found at some of the crime scenes but that regular tests were incapable of differentiating between the twins.

He said that the cost of extensive-enough tests would be 'onerous,' it added. (ANI)


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