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Man jailed on dandruff evidence.

A man was yesterday jailed for 15 years for carrying out an armed robbery 11 years ago after dandruff linked him directly to the crime.

Andrew Pearson (40), of Gipsyville, Anlaby Road in Hull, and two other men escaped with pounds 38,000 in cash after raiding a caravan company in the city in June 1993.

But he was only arrested in June this year after a new DNA profiling method was used to analyse 25 flakes of dandruff found in a stocking worn as a mask during the robbery.

They provided an exact match to a swab taken from Pearson's mouth. The chances of the flakes belonging to anyone else were a billion to one, Hull Crown Court was told.

The jury took just 75 minutes to find Pearson guilty.

Judge Michael Murphy QC, sentenced him to 12 years for the robbery and a consecutive jail term of three years for possessing a firearm.
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