Omagh bombing expert to probe west Suffolk murder evidence
LEADING forensics experts are poised to re-examine material relating to the murder of a Suffolk fitness enthusiast.
The body of Dawn Walker was found close to the River Lark, near her home in Fornham All Saints, Bury St Edmunds, in 2005.
Kevin Nunn, of Woolpit, was convicted of her murder the following year and sentenced to a minimum 22-year tariff.
Lawyers acting for Nunn, who has maintained his innocence throughout, are seeking permission from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to look at evidence held at the Huntington Laboratory in Cambridge.
Nunn’s sister Brigitte Butcher said they had forensic scientists Professor Allen Jamieson, who was instrumental in challenging the use of a controversial DNA technique in the Omagh Bomb trial, and Dr Sara Short, who has experience of nearly 1,000 cases, waiting to examine the material held.
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Ms Butcher said Dr Short, who has been instructed by Nunn’s solicitor Jane Hickman of Hickman and Rose, had “reviewed the forensics as far as she is able to with what paperwork is available” and now wanted access to other material held at the Huntingdon Laboratory.
Ms Butcher said she had met Prof Jamieson at a miscarriage of justice conference and said he had subsequently been in touch with Ms Hickman to “offer assistance” where he could.
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She said a complaint had been lodged with the CPS because of alleged delays in the service’s response to the request for access to the material.
“She (Dr Short) feels she can go forward and the technology is always improving. We’ve got the experts standing by.”
Kate Pinato, spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “We can confirm we have received a letter from Hickman and Rose and we have responded. We have raised a couple of matters with them and we are awaiting a response from them. Liaison is ongoing.”
She said procedures for allowing access to material and evidence held in labs were rigorous in order to protect that same evidence.