DNA testing boost to find killer

A FATHER who has spent two decades trying to bring his daughter's killers to justice said a major breakthrough has been made in the case following DNA testing.

A FATHER who has spent two decades trying to bring his daughter's killers to justice said a major breakthrough has been made in the case following DNA testing.

John Ward has campaigned tirelessly to find those responsible for murdering 28-year-old photographer Julie Ward at the Masai Mara national park in Kenya in 1988.

He said that excrement found near Miss Ward's body had finally produced positive DNA results thanks to advances in forensic technology.

But he also said the case was no closer to being solved because of the current violence in Kenya, and a human rights directive preventing outside intervention in cases where a conviction could lead to someone being given the death penalty.

Mr Ward from Bury St Edmunds who is planning to go back to Kenya later this month said: “We have had a breakthrough with the excrement that has been on ice, because now that DNA techniques have advanced we have been able to get positive results from the latest tests that have been carried out.”

Mr Ward said he believes one way around the problem would be for him present the evidence to Kenyan police himself, in a bid to compare it with DNA taken from the six suspects in the case.

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