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Joanna Yeates: ID Cards, DNA And A Labour MP’s Pet Cause

by | 9th, January 2011

JOANNA Yeates: Can the Sunday Express conjure up a headline to compete with its sister organ the Star, the paper that told us:


This sensational “new evidence” was based on the opinion of a psychic named Carol Everett. We learnt:

The psychic investigator insists she “saw” Jo being attacked by two of a group of five men after she rejected their offer of a lift.

No Sleep Til Brooklands considers Everett’s form:

She claimed to have drawn Huntley and Maxine Carr before they were arrested, a claim which seems impressive at first but falls apart when you scroll down to the untouched image, which has ‘Carr’ with beyond-shoulder-length hair, and an utterly generic white male drawing which claims Huntley has blue eyes (he doesn’t), piercings (none visible) and isn’t even sure whether the thing on his head is hair or a scarf.

And you can round up the usual suspcts:

Carol described the killer she saw as of mixed race, 5ft 11in to 6ft tall and in his early 20s. She said the second man was 5ft 8in to 5ft 10in tall with fair hair.

So. To the Express. Here goes:


Joanna Yeates is locked in as the media;’ “Jo” (as Madeleine McCann must be “Maddie” and Princess Diana “Di”).

The story turns out not to be on all men, rather those living in and around Bristol:

Kerry McCarthy, Labour MP for Bristol East, said the need to catch Joanna’s killer overrides the questions of intrusion and invasion of privacy in a mass screening.

She goes on. This is a subject McCarthy (pictured) seems to have given some thought to:

“I understand some people think this is an invasion of their privacy but I think most people would understand that city-wide testing could get the killer off the streets. A lot of people are worried about this person still being on the streets in Bristol and it is important they are caught as soon as possible. It is a massive task to do a DNA swab for the whole of the city but I think if it helps catch the killer it is the right thing to do and people will be happy to do this.”

Is this the Kerry McCarthy who voted very stongly” in favour of id cards?

She’s also a big fan of DNA. On the matter of absent fathers and knowing who the daddy is, she says:

Compulsory DNA tests before all births are registered? No, I’m not suggesting that, but I can’t think of anything else that would stop this happening.

She is in favour of the police keeping the DNA profiles of innocent people.

One person’s freedom not to have their DNA on the database is another person’s freedom to rape without being caught. Or to kill without being brought to justice.

The murder of Joanna Yeates just became a political issue.


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