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West Suffolk/London: Family of Dawn Walker want murderer Kevin Nunn to end fight against his conviction

11:38 19 June 2014

Kevin Nunn

Kevin Nunn


The family of murdered west Suffolk woman Dawn Walker want Kevin Nunn to finally put an end to his fight to clear his name.

Dawn WalkerDawn Walker

Nunn, of Woolpit, is serving 22 years for the murder of Miss Walker, 37, whose body was found close to the River Lark, near her home in Fornham St Genevieve, Bury St Edmunds, in 2005.

Yesterday, Miss Walker’s family spoke of their relief after Supreme Court justices unanimously rejected an appeal by Nunn to have key forensic exhibits retested.

But they also spoke of a need for Nunn to finally confess his guilt, rather than to continue to press to prove his innocence.

Referring to Nunn, Miss Walker’s sister Kirsty Walker said “give us what we want and stop”.

She said: “To hear the judgement today is very uplifting; to hear they still think he’s guilty. I’m very relieved with the news and very happy with the news and let’s keep fighting to keep him behind bars.”

Miss Walker’s sister Sheena Walker, from Bury St Edmunds, said: “I am thrilled, but I’m not necessarily convinced it’s an end to it.”

She said because Nunn refused to confess the family did not have the “exact picture” of what had actually happened to Miss Walker. “It’s like a jigsaw puzzle. We have the bits along the outside but the crucial bit in the middle we don’t have.”

Kirsty added, referring to Nunn: “You are the one who is holding the key.”

Sheena is asking the public to visit to read the full judgement. “If they believe he’s innocent go on there and read the full judgement, anybody who is in any doubt whatsoever,” she said.

Kirsty, a fitness instructor from Bury St Edmunds, spoke of how difficult it has been to get on with her life while Nunn’s fight to clear his name kept rearing its head. “It’s a cruel act, very cruel,” she added.

Ahead of the judgement, Nunn’s sister Brigitte Butcher said: “Whatever the outcome at the court, we won’t rest until we’ve cleared my innocent brother’s name.”

Nunn’s legal team were trying to force Suffolk police to give them access to key forensic evidence linked to the case that they said was not properly examined at the time.

This includes sperm found on Miss Walker’s body after she died in February 2005, from which the original investigators were unable to get a full DNA profile.

Nunn’s lawyer James Saunders said in a statement after the ruling: “The Supreme Court extended the disclosure regime to a degree, and suggested that Mr Nunn’s case might merit inquiry by Suffolk police and the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC).”

He added: “The evidence against Mr Nunn was entirely circumstantial and he has consistently protested his innocence.”

Louise Shorter, director of Inside Justice, which investigates cases of persons claiming wrongful conviction, said: “Kevin Nunn will now submit an application to the CCRC.”

A spokesman for Suffolk police said: “Today’s Supreme Court judgement supports the view that the correct decisions have been taken in this case. The constabulary remains committed to ensuring that its disclosure obligations are thoroughly and lawfully discharged in all criminal cases.”

Nunn was convicted of Miss Walker’s murder following a seven-week trial at Ipswich Crown Court in 2006 when the jury returned a unanimous verdict.



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