Monday 20 November 2017

Lawrence case forensic scientist admits error

Terri Judd in London

ONE of the first forensic scientists to investigate the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence was forced to concede yesterday that she had made a crucial error in labelling evidence.

Yvone Turner, admitted that UK practices in the early nineties were light years away from the anti-contamination procedures she teaches today. Back then she did not even wear gloves.

Earlier in the day the murder trial at the Old Bailey heard that brothers Neil and Jamie Acourt were originally suspects in the case and evidence from their home was placed in the same disused police cell as the current defendants, Gary Dobson (36) and David Norris (35), as well as a fifth person.

Mr Lawrence (18) was on his way home on April 22, 1993, when he was set upon by racist thugs and stabbed twice.

Detective Constable Robert Crane conceded that evidence from all five people was placed in the same room but said it had been stored in separate evidence bags before being sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory where Ms Turner examined it. Yesterday the scientist admitted she had made a mistake with tapings from Mr Dobson's jacket, mislabelling the evidence with a code from a robbery she was also working on.

The jacket is now a central point of the prosecution case after a 2007 review found a blood spot and flecks on it, as well as fibres from Mr Lawrence's clothing on tapings and in the original exhibit bag. The defence is arguing that this was the result of cross contamination. (© Independent News Service)

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