Sunday, September 2, 2012

Bulletin: Graham Stafford: Australia. He was freed after years in prison as a result of new forensic evidence; New charges likely to be laid?

STORY: "After the release of Graham Stafford, police close in on new suspect in the murder of Ipswich girl Leanne Holland: (Leanne Holland was murdered in 1991. Graham Stafford's conviction was quashed in 2009 after he served 15 years in prison).

GIST: "The authorities have confirmed investigations have come to a close and were likely to result in new charges being laid for the brutal killing of the 13-year-old Goodna, Ipswich, schoolgirl in 1991. Detectives on the original case took just three days from her disappearance to lock up Graham Stafford, the then boyfriend of Leanne's older sister. Mr Stafford was found guilty but cleared in December 2009. Investigations by then private investigator Graeme Crowley and The Sunday Mail produced crucial evidence for a third Court of Appeal hearing which resulted in the conviction being quashed." (The new evidence suggested that a maggot found by police on Mr. Stafford's boot was not the same genus as those found on Leanne's body - and that this error may have effected the reliability of the determined time of death. Moreover, a tire expert had since cast doubt on the reliability of a police officer's evidence that tire tracks found at the scene matched those of Mr. Stafford's car. HL).

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