Babes in the Wood killer snared by jumper after DNA advances linked him to double schoolgirl murders

Russell Bishop was cleared of killing Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway in a woodland den in Brighton in December 1987.

The case remained under constant review but it wasn't until 2005 when there was a major breakthrough as the double jeopardy law abolished.

It meant cops could take another look at the evidence using the latest in DNA testing that had advanced during that time.

Eurofins Forensic Services Ltd, the cold case forensics team who helped convict Stephen Lawrence's killer, was asked to inspect the original exhibits in August 2012.

Senior scientific advisor Roy Green used brand new DNA-17 testing which was considered to be the most sensitive technique available.

Later in 2014, he was sent boxes of microscope slides containing fibres that had been captured on tapings during the original examinations.

He confirmed there to be 11 fibres on the Pinto matching those taken from a sock in Bishop's home.

Mr Green also confirmed there to be 26 fibres matching another jumper as well as a further eight matching a second different pullover taken from the paedophile's home.

He found 13 fibres on the Pinto matching those of Karen's green sweatshirt and was also able to confirm the presence of at least four that matched fibres from Nicola's pink jumper.

On the girls' clothing Mr Green confirmed that there was a single fibre matching the Pinto on tapings taken from Karen's t-shirt and skirt during the post mortem examinations.

He also confirmed on other tapings from the T-shirt a total of 34 matching fibres from the Pinto, as well as 11 from her skirt, five from her underwear and at least 12 on her green sweatshirt.

On Nicola's clothing at least 13 fibres found on her pink jumper matched fibres from the Pinto in addition to three on her skirt and one on her underwear.

Mr Green concluded the findings provided "extremely strong support" for the assertion that the Pinto bore fibres from Bishop's home as well as the girls' clothing.

He also said there was "very strong support" for the assertion that they arrived as a result of recent contact between them rather than indirect transfer.

Mr Green also examined tapings that were taken from Karen and used to recover fibres and other debris from exposed areas of the skin.

Each was searched for the presence of skin flakes and one taken from Karen's left forearm produced a one-in-a-billion match with Bishop.

Dr Louisa Marsh, also of Eurofins, reviewed all of the paint evidence in the case and found areas of maroon paint identical to that used by Bishop to respray his friend's Mini on the rear right cuff area of the Pinto, as well as a paint fragment on tapings from Karen's skirt and skirt.

Dr Marsh also found an area of maroon paint which had dried on the sleeve of the Pinto which matched a fleck found on tapings from the front of Nicola's neck taken during her post mortem.

Brian Altman QC said that "the science alone is quite simply so overwhelming as to prove not only that this defendant wore the Pinto, but also that the Pinto was worn by him when he killed those two girls".

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