Sunday 19 November 2017

Rush to convict by police led to key gaps in probe

Colm Kelpie and Deborah McAleese

AMID the clamour for justice for the grieving Harte and McAreavey families, any fresh investigation must focus on collecting much more solid and detailed evidence.

Key gaps in the investigation process that emerged during the gruelling eight-week trial laid bare the inconsistencies in the detective work carried out by the police's major crime investigation team.

Questions have been raised about the number of witnesses put forward by the prosecution, the experience of the investigators, the manner in which they treated the crime scene, the handling of DNA and forensic evidence, and their inability to trace key witnesses.

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