Colin Pitchfork: Double killer will not be on sex offenders register – BBC News

Posted July 19th, 2021 in child abuse, DNA, forensic science, murder, news, parole, rape, sexual offences by michael

‘A man who raped and murdered two 15-year-old girls will not be placed on the sex offenders register when he is released.

The Ministry of Justice said it was because Colin Pitchfork’s crimes were committed before 1997, when the register was introduced.’

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BBC News, 19th July 2021

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Killer Colin Pitchfork to be released from prison after challenge fails – The Guardian

‘The child killer and rapist Colin Pitchfork is to be freed from prison after the Parole Board rejected calls from the government to reconsider the controversial decision.’

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The Guardian, 14th July 2021

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Colin Pitchfork: Minister considers intervening over decision to release child killer – The Independent

Posted June 21st, 2021 in children, DNA, forensic science, lord chancellor, murder, news, parole by tracey

‘The Justice Secretary is considering intervening over the decision to approve the release of child killer Colin Pitchfork.’

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The Independent, 21st June 2021

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Hendon murder: Drill rapper who blamed identical twin found guilty – BBC News

Posted March 19th, 2021 in DNA, families, forensic science, murder, news by sally

‘A drill rapper who tried to deflect the blame on to his identical twin after a new father was stabbed to death has been convicted of murder.’

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BBC News, 18th March 2021

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MI6 ‘body-in-bag’: Spy Gareth Williams’ London flat death reviewed – BBC News

Posted February 23rd, 2021 in DNA, evidence, inquests, news, unlawful killing by tracey

‘The death of an MI6 agent whose naked body was found inside a locked holdall at his London flat is to be reviewed. Metropolitan Police investigators said new information about Gareth Williams, who died in 2010, had come to light.’

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BBC News, 22nd February 2021

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Home Office admits 15,000 people deleted from police records – The Guardian

Posted February 9th, 2021 in criminal records, DNA, fingerprints, government departments, news, police by tracey

‘A blunder led to the records of more than 15,000 people being deleted in their entirety from the Police National Computer, the Home Office has admitted. News of the data loss emerged last month, but on Monday the government put numbers on what had been erased.’

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The Guardian, 8th February 2021

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Knife killer brought to justice for 1994 Manchester stabbing – BBC News

‘A killer with a long history of mental health issues has been brought to justice for randomly stabbing a “blameless” man to death 26 years ago.’

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BBC News, 5th January 2021

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London murderer and serial rapist jailed for at least 37 years – The Guardian

‘A serial attacker who raped four women and murdered his final victim, dumping her body in a children’s playground, has been jailed for life after an eight-year extradition battle.’

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The Guardian, 20th August 2020

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Wendell Baker: Attempt to block release of rapist denied – BBC News

Posted June 9th, 2020 in DNA, double jeopardy, news, parole, rape, release on licence by sally

‘An attempt to block the release of a man convicted of beating and raping a pensioner has been rejected by the Parole Board.’

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BBC News, 8th June 2020

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Wendell Baker: ‘Double jeopardy’ pensioner rapist cleared for release – BBC News

Posted May 21st, 2020 in DNA, double jeopardy, news, parole, rape, release on licence by sally

‘A man convicted of beating and raping a pensioner has been cleared for release from prison by the Parole Board.’

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BBC News, 19th May 2020

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Indefinite retention of DNA profile, fingerprints and photographs of a convicted motorist contrary to article 8 – UK Police Law Blog

‘The European Court of Human Rights court held in Gaughran v United Kingdom [2020] ECHR 144 that the police’s indefinite retention of DNA profile, fingerprints and photographs of person convicted of a minor offence without a possibility of review constituted an infringement of Article 8 ECHR (respect for private life). This is the latest in a number of cases where the ECtHR has disagreed with a decision of the Supreme Court and represents a further development of the meaning of “private life”.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 30th April 2020

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Strasbourg Court rules against UK on police retention of data – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 27th, 2020 in criminal records, data protection, DNA, human rights, news by tracey

‘Can the police indefinitely retain an individual’s DNA profile, fingerprints and photograph after they have been convicted? That was the question before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Gaughran v UK (no. 45245/15, ECHR 2020). This judgment — which was given for the applicant — is of interest both on the merits and as an example of the way the Court continues to approach issues of this kind.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th February 2020

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The importance of patents in biotechnology – John Butcher – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 25th, 2020 in DNA, news, patents by sally

‘Biotechnology in the United Kingdom is the industry of organisms that manufacture commercial products. Interestingly, it can be quite controversial at times i.e. stem cells and gene cloning. Despite this, biotechnology is integral to advancements in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 21st February 2020

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Michael Weir guilty of 1998 ‘double jeopardy’ murders – BBC News

Posted November 15th, 2019 in DNA, double jeopardy, forensic science, murder, news, retrials by tracey

‘A jewel thief who beat two elderly people to death in their own homes has been convicted of their murders two decades on.’

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BBC News, 14th November 2019

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‘Lady in the Lake’ murder: Gordon Park’s conviction ‘unsafe’ – BBC News

Posted November 6th, 2019 in appeals, Criminal Cases Review Commission, DNA, murder, news by sally

‘The conviction of the so-called “Lady in the Lake” murderer was unsafe, the Court of Appeal has been told.’

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BBC News, 5th November 2019

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Police prosecute man for throwing paint over a carpet aged 12, 10 years after the offence was committed – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 18th, 2019 in children, criminal damage, DNA, guilty pleas, news, prosecutions by tracey

‘Police prosecuted a man for throwing paint over a carpet, 10 years after the offence which he committed aged 12.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th October 2019

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‘I am DNA proof my father is a rapist’ – BBC News

Posted August 5th, 2019 in adoption, child abuse, children, DNA, news, rape, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘A woman conceived by rape wants her father brought to justice in a so-called “victimless prosecution”, in one of the first cases of its kind, the BBC has learned.’

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BBC News, 5th August 2019

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Lucy McHugh murder case: Stephen Nicholson jailed for life – BBC News

‘A lodger who raped and murdered a 13-year-old girl to stop her exposing him as an abuser has been jailed for life.’

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BBC News, 19th July 2019

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Police demanded rape victim’s phone and medical records despite identifying attacker by DNA – The Independent

Posted June 11th, 2019 in DNA, evidence, medical records, news, police, privacy, prosecutions, rape, telecommunications by tracey

‘Police demanded the mobile phone and personal records of a woman who was raped by a stranger eight years ago – even after identifying her attacker using DNA evidence.’

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The Independent, 10th June 2019

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Convicted killer linked to historical rape of teenage girl after she discovers he is father of her child – The Independent

Posted May 24th, 2019 in child abuse, DNA, murder, news, pregnancy, rape, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘A convicted murderer who raped a 14-year-old girl two decades ago was linked to the attack after she discovered he was the father of her child.’

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The Independent, 24th May 2019

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