Melbourne serial stabber Christopher Raftopoulos refuses to give DNA to police

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After failure to allow police to swab his mouth, the Greek man from Melbourne Victoria who was accused of stabbing five people earlier this month will now be forced to hand over his DNA to police.

The Greek man, Christopher Raftopoulos is currently spending time in the prison psychiatric ward, after facing 15 different charges, which include recklessly causing injury. 

The Age shared that Mr Raftopoulos made an appearance in Melbourne’s Magistrates Court on Friday via video link with his new lawyer. 

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The Greek man, Christopher Raftopoulos. Photo: News.com.au.

Prosecutors in the court then ordered him to undergo compulsory forensic procedures to obtain his DNA as he refused a swab to be taken.

“The type of compulsory procedure sought is a buccal swab of the mouth, for the purposes of obtaining a DNA sample to compare with the DNA profile from a knife that was seized,” a prosecutor told the court.

The 31-year-old’s new lawyer Daniel Thompson said although he did not oppose the application, Raftopoulos told him he would not provide his consent to the procedure.

Magistrate Kieran Gilligan made orders for police to take Raftopoulos’ DNA swab, and if need be,  force may be used for the procedure to be conducted.

“The respondent has refused to give consent to the request or is incapable of giving reasonable consent by way of mental impairment,” Mr Gilligan said.

Mr Raftopoulos will return to court on February 12.

Source: The Age.

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