Friday, 9 March 2012
Yet another reason why the Hang 'Em High brigade should never be listened to
Hundreds of cases could be reviewed after a teenager was wrongly accused of rape because of a forensic blunder.
Adam Scott, 19, was due to stand trial next month in connection with a sex attack on a woman in Blackley, Manchester. He was arrested at his home in Cornwall after DNA was recovered from the scene and was held in Strangeways on remand.
Mr Scott said he had never even visited Manchester – but LGC Forensics, a company used by Greater Manchester Police to carry out scientific testing, said there was a definite match.
Now the M.E.N. can reveal the case against Mr Scott, which was based entirely on the DNA evidence, has been dropped after it emerged the sample was contaminated.
Mr Scott’s DNA sample had arrived in an LGC laboratory a few days earlier in relation to another matter, and it is understood it was allowed to come into contact with a swab collected from the rape scene.
Mr Scott has now been completely cleared. Read more Manchester Evening News
How many innocent souls have perished throughout history as a result of being wrongly executed as a result of flawed or fabricated evidence? Far too many is the simple answer.
Supporters of the death penalty today claim that miscarriages of justice are a thing of the past and can no longer happen thanks to the introduction of ‘indisputable’ DNA evidence. What a load of bunkum, ask young Adam Scott and I am sure he will confirm this.
Recently this country witnessed the jailing of two men, admittedly two unpleasant men who certainly used racist language when in their teens, these two men were jailed for the murder of Stephen Lawrence, but no right minded person, when studying the facts of the case and not the hysteria surrounding it could say their convictions were safe and do bear in mind these two characters had twice previously been acquitted of the same charge.
The trial in which they were both convicted was based around new and highly dubious DNA evidence. If Britain still had the death penalty the two convicted for the Lawrence murder would now be dead and decomposing within the walls of Wandsworth Prison. When the cross contamination of the flawed DNA evidence is eventually proven, it would not bring them back from the dead.
It must be remembered that as long as there is human involvement there will always be a margin for error and when that error can lead to innocent people being executed all right minded people should always oppose calls to reintroduce capital punishment in the UK. Tameside Citizen