Tuesday 27 June 2017

Blood on murder accused's clothing matches DNA profile of fellow prison inmate who died

Both men were inmates at Cork Prison and they knew each other. (Stock photo)
Both men were inmates at Cork Prison and they knew each other. (Stock photo)

Alison O'Riordan

Blood present on the clothing of a man accused of murdering a fellow Cork Prison inmate matched the DNA profile of the deceased, a murder trial jury has heard.

Brian Veale (31) of Dominic Street, Cork has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to murdering Graham Johnson at Cork Prison, Rathmore Road in Cork City on May 16, 2015.

Today Counsel for the State, Mr Tim O’Leary SC, read evidence from Dr Edward Connolly, a forensic scientist at Forensic Science Ireland.

The court heard that Dr Connolly received Mr Veale’s clothing and footwear on May 27 so he could examine them for blood and the “possible source of blood-staining.”

The clothing received included Mr Veale’s white t-shirt, white trousers, a white vest top and a pair of white rubber shoes. Dr Connolly also received a knife which was recovered from the kitchen of Cork Prison.

Dr Connolly found that “heavy blood-staining” on the knife’s blade matched Mr Johnson’s DNA profile. A “low level mixed DNA profile” from at least two sources was obtained from the knife’s handle but it was unsuitable for examination, the court heard.

DNA profiles obtained from blood-staining on Mr Veale’s t-shirt, trousers and footwear matched Mr Johnson’s DNA profile, read Mr O’Leary.

There was no blood on the accused’s white vest top.

The court heard that the probability of Mr Johnson’s DNA matching someone else was considerably less than one in a thousand million.

The trial continues before Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy and a jury of seven men and five women.

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