Peter Wrighton’s clothing contained DNA likely to have come from his accused killer, court told

Norfolk grandfather Peter Wrighton. Picture: NORFOLK CONSTABULARY

Norfolk grandfather Peter Wrighton. Picture: NORFOLK CONSTABULARY - Credit: Archant

Clothing worn by an 83-year-old dog walker found murdered in East Harling woodland contained DNA likely to have come from his accused killer, a court heard.

Alexander Palmer, 24, has been found guilty of murdering Peter Wrighton. Picture: FACEBOOK

Alexander Palmer, 24, has been found guilty of murdering Peter Wrighton. Picture: FACEBOOK - Credit: Facebook

Retired BT worker Peter Wrighton, from Banham, died after a frenzied knife attack in East Harling, near Thetford, on August 5 last year.

Alexander Palmer, 24, of Freesia Way, Cringleford, is on trial in Nottingham Crown Court after being charged with Mr Wrighton’s murder.

On day five of the trial documents showed that a mixed DNA profile was recovered from Mr Wright’s trousers, which showed two major contributors and that of one other person.

It said the majority of the DNA belonged to father and grandfather Mr Wright but the DNA profile of Palmer matches the sample in such a way that, in the opinion of a forensic scientist, he could be the other major contributor.


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Samples were also taken from a grey jacket belonging to Palmer, in which the defendant’s and Mr Wright’s DNA were represented in a way that they could be major contributors to it.

Prosecutor Chris Youell said the crown is not suggesting the jacket had been worn by Palmer at the time of the attack, and that is likely to have been secondary transfer.

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The trial also heard how police recovered a notebook belonging to Palmer in which he made a number of handwritten notes.

The notebook, found in a lock up storage facility Palmer hired from June 30, included notes referring to Palmer’s dislike of people, killing people, knives and stabbing and/or slashing throat as a method of killing.

One note, read out in court, said: “A man/woman? Whichever is first!

“Cut the throat, no hit over the head first, will be easier… Eyes out to stop the ******* staring!

“I’m nearly ready. All this pain and hatred has been building up inside for so long! I can’t stop it now it’s getting hard.

“Our aim is simple. Fear to see the absolute fear in some ones eyes is the one accomplishment I wish in this life. For one day soon I am nearly ready.”

Mr Youell added that there were no dates written in the notes.

Defence barrister David Spens QC also told judge Mr Justice Goose that Palmer has decided not to stand in the witness box.

Closing speeches from both the prosecution and defence are likely to take place tomorrow (Tuesday, February 27).

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