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Violent robber jailed thanks to vital DNA evidence
Updated 5:37pm Tuesday 8th July 2014 in News
The conviction of a violent robber based on DNA evidence has been hailed a victory for forensic science.
Braintree thug Peter Dalton wore a balaclava and beat a train station car park attendant with a wooden stave, managing to steal £2,000 and leaving his victim badly bruised and shaken.
However, during the struggle, the car park attendant managed to pull Dalton’s balaclava off and scratch him across the face - leading to a breakthrough for forensic teams who were able to take swabs of DNA from beneath the victim’s fingernails, matching it with Dalton on the national database.
The 41-year-old, of no fixed abode, initially denied the offence, but later admitted his guilt in court.
He has been jailed for five years.
See Thursday's Braintree and Witham Times for the full story.
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