Damning report into Julie's murder

A REPORT into the murder of a Suffolk woman killed on safari in Kenya has accused the British authorities of incompetence and deliberate disinformation.

A REPORT into the murder of a Suffolk woman killed on safari in Kenya has accused the British authorities of incompetence and deliberate disinformation.

Julie Ward, 28, was last seen alive 20 years ago today. She was brutally murdered while on a trip to the Masai Mara game reserve to photograph animals.

Her father John Ward chose the anniversary of his daughter's death to release details of an independent police report into the investigation which accused both Britain and Kenya of lying.

Mr Ward, who lives in Bury St Edmunds, has battled tirelessly with both Kenyan and British authorities in his search to find his daughter's killer.

He believes fresh DNA evidence and a renewed police inquiry could yield results.

The 74-year-old retired hotelier used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain the report, which was written by Jon Stoddart on behalf of Lincolnshire Police in 2004.

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The report said of the Foreign Office and British High Commission: “There is clear evidence of inconsistency and contradictions, falsehoods and downright lies, and it is this that has, not surprisingly, led to John Ward believing that there was an active conspiracy to prevent him from identifying his daughter's killers.”

Meanwhile, Mr Ward said a new Scotland Yard investigation had breathed life into the hunt for Miss Ward's killer.

Using DNA techniques police have been able to analyse material found at the scene of the crime which, they said, provided potential new opportunities of inquiry.

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