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Carole Thomas rape investigation has 'major faults,' says retired officer

A former Quebec police officer says the Longueuil police not sending a rape kit to be processed was a "major fault" in an investigation.

Michel Martin said rape kit should have been processed within a week of being taken

Carole Thomas told CBC/Radio-Canada that she was sexually assaulted in the same area where Jenique Dalcourt died. (CBC)

A former Quebec police officer says the Longueuil police made a "major fault" in a sexual assault investigation by not sending a rape kit to be processed for months.

Yesterday Carole Thomas spoke out about her experience of reporting a sexual assault to the Longueuil police. 

She said police never sat down with her to make a composite sketch of her alleged attacker, and that police waited months before processing her rape kit.

The alleged sexual assault happened less than two kilometres from where Longueuil resident Jenique Dalcourt was killed two days later. Longueuil police say the two attacks are unrelated.

On CBC’s Daybreak, retired Sûreté du Québec officer Michel Martin could not think of a reason why Longueuil police chose not to send Carole Thomas’s rape kit to be processed for months.

“What’s the use of using the kit and keeping it in the fridge?” he said.

Martin said the results of the rape kit might link the crime to someone in the DNA bank, helping to speed up the investigation.

He said the kit should have been sent in a week, ten days at the most, from when it was taken in October 2014.

But Capt. Nancy Colagiacomo said police followed standard procedure when it came to the rape kit.

She said she could not fully explain the decision, because some aspects of the case are not available publicly.

Listen to Colagiacomo defend the investigation here:

Carole Thomas said she was sexually assaulted by an unknown assailant in Longueuil and that she feels let down by how Longueuil police handled her case. Daybreak spoke to Cpt. Nancy Colagiacomo, Longueuil police, who defended the handling of the investiga 10:06

And listen to Martin's criticism of the investigation here:

Retired SQ officer Michel Martin spoke to Daybreak about how the Longueuil police have handled the investigation into Carole Thomas's sexual assault. 12:54

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