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Stephen Lawrence Murder Trial Day 6: The Cross-Contamination Defence

by | 22nd, November 2011

STEPHEN Lawrence Murder Trial Day 6: The Cross-Contamination Defence.

The case against Gary Dobson and David Norris rests on forensic evidence. Both deny murder. The prosecution claims blood and hair found on the defendants’ clothing implicates them in the killing. The defence maintains that cross-contamination occurred.

The court hears from Detective Sergeant John Bevan and Detective Constable Linda Holden. They kept the Lawrence family up to speed with the investigation into their son’s death.

Det Con Linda Holden and Det Sgt Bevan visited the Lawrence home on five and six occasions, respectively, before they searched Mr Dobson’s home on May 7.

Timothy Robert s, QC, for Mr Dobson, asks Det Con Holden: “Didn’t you think to yourself ‘just a minute, I’ve been to the Lawrence household just last week. It might not be a good idea for me to be at two different scenes?’”

Det Con Holden says that she had not worn the same clothes to Dobson’s home she had worn to the Lawrences.

Says she : “It was well over a week later and I didn’t think that I had any risk of contamination and certain senior officers knew that I had been to the Lawrence family home.”


Roberts : “Are you absolutely sure and can you swear on oath that you didn’t wear the same shirt?”

Holden says she is “positive”.

Mr Justice Treacy asks her why she is so certain?

Holden : “As I said earlier I knew that I was going into a search so I chose that morning to wear clothes that if they got soiled or whatever it didn’t matter. I knew that what I wore on that morning was not the same outfit that I’d worn the week before.”

Roberts wonders if Bevan had sat down at the Lawrences home and picked up fibres on his clothing. Had he then inadvertently transferred those fibres to Dobson’s home?

Det Sgt Bevan replies: “I do not recall ever sitting down or being invited to do so. I do not think we were particularly

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