Monday, March 12, 2012

LGC Forensics: BBC News - Innocent rape accused reacts angrily to DNA blunder; Police review criminal cases from same lab. BBC News.

STORY: "Rape accused's anger at DNA blunder," published by BBC News on February 10, 2012.

GIST: "The man, who was facing a trial accused of raping the woman at Plant Hill Park, Blackley, in October, said: "I am relieved that I have been found not guilty. But then I always was not guilty." He added: "I am angry that I was falsely accused. I am angry about the amount of pain it has put me and my family through. "I sincerely hope that justice comes for the victim and that the true rapist is caught." His solicitor Philippa Jeffries, who called for a public inquiry, said the man is considering legal action. She said: "It would appear our client's DNA was never present in the sample taken from the rape victim. "As such our client was never implicated in this offence until his DNA was introduced to the victim's sample whilst being processed at their laboratory in Teddington. "We remain fearful for any defendant indicted on DNA or other scientific evidence that has been processed, is being processed or will be processed through LGC's laboratory." Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is reviewing some cases in which the same company processed forensic evidence.



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