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A woman raped by a Newcastle man has waived her anonymity to say she's angry and insulted at claims his father could be the true culprit.
58-year-old Eric McKenna was jailed for raping two women on Tyneside in the 1980's. McKenna's sister has won permission to have her late father's corpse exhumed, to see if he was the one responsible for the horrific sex attacks for which his son is currently serving a 23 year sentence.
McKenna of Arthurs Hill, Newcastle, was jailed at Newcastle Crown Court in March last year for attacks in 1983 and 1988.
Wendy Forrester was 21 when she was attacked on her way home from a party in May 1983. McKenna covered her face before raping her next to an embankment close to the High Level Bridge in Gateshead.
The crimes went unsolved for 35 years, until McKenna came to the attention of police.
Eric McKenna denied the crimes, and now his sister, Eileen Hutton, has suggested it could have been her father, and not her brother, who attacked the women.
Thomas Edward McKenna died of a heart attack aged 62 in April 1993 and is buried in St John’s cemetery, Elswick, Newcastle.
And Eric McKenna’s wife, Moira, protested her husband's innocence at and after his trial, saying he had never been violent and was "the one person [she] trusted]".
She has now been granted permission by the Church of England to have her late father-in-law’s remains unearthed to see if DNA samples which could prove the innocence of her husband and the guilt of his father.
This permission has come from the church court, and only extends as far as the body being dug up.
Northumbria Police are yet to confirm what, if anything, officers might do with any evidence that might be unearthed as a result of the exhumation.
Following Eric McKenna's trial last year the Crown Prosecution Service said the chance of him not being a match to the crime scene DNA sample was one in a billion.
- Wendy Forrester told ITV Tyne Tees she believes the right man is behind bars.