DNA clue reopens Kirsty probe.
Byline: Emma Pearson
DETECTIVES who flew out to Thailand last week to help police investigating the rape and murder of Welsh backpacker Kirsty Jones returned home yesterday.
Thai police are to launch a new investigation into the murder of 23-year-old Miss Jones, from Brecon, following new forensic evidence provided by Dyfed Powys Police.
Top officers from the force flew out to Thailand to present the DNA DNA: see nucleic acid.
or deoxyribonucleic acid
One of two types of nucleic acid (the other is RNA); a complex organic compound found in all living cells and many viruses. It is the chemical substance of genes. data last week.
A spokesman said while the officers discussed the results of the forensic analysis with the Thai police, and a number of lines of inquiry were identified, they could not confirm claims in the media that this new data links a Thai policeman to the murder.
He said: "We do not have any evidence that links the murder to a specific individual and therefore are not in a position to support any speculation as regards the occupation or identification of that person."
Kirsty Jones's body was found on August 10, 2000, in her room at a guesthouse guest·house
1. A small house or cottage adjacent to a main house, used for lodging guests.
2. A bed-and-breakfast. in the northern town of Chiang Mai Chiang Mai (jyäng` mī`) or Chiengmai (jyĕng`–), city (1990 pop. 164,902), capital of Chiang Mai prov., N Thailand, on the Ping River, near the Myanmar border. .
Police Colonel Narat Sawetanand said last week that investigators were "studying the new evidence in detail and it is expected that the investigation of the case will resume soon".
The initial investigation stalled stall 1
1. A compartment for one domestic animal in a barn or shed.
a. A booth, cubicle, or stand used by a vendor, as at a market.
b. after DNA tests DNA test n → DNS-Test m by Thai police on 14 suspects failed to pinpoint the murderer.
However, some evidence and DNA samples from the guesthouse were taken to Britain for analysis. The results were presented to the Thai police last Wednesday.
Initially, the owner of the guesthouse, Andy Gill from Northern Ireland Northern Ireland: see Ireland, Northern.
Part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland occupying the northeastern portion of the island of Ireland. Area: 5,461 sq mi (14,144 sq km). Population (2001): 1,685,267. , was charged with her murder. Mr Gill had discovered Ms Jones' body, but all charges against the 33-year-old were dropped.
Thai police faced criticism at home and in Britain over the way the investigation was conducted. Journalists were allowed into the crime scene before evidence was collected.
One Thai suspect alleged he had been beaten by police to try to make him confess confess v. in criminal law, to voluntarily state that one is guilty of a criminal offense. This admission may be made to a law enforcement officer or in court either prior to or upon arrest, or after the person is charged with a specific crime. to the killing.
VICTIM: Kirsty Jones