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Second trial nets killer.

THE family of a woman brutally murdered while out walking her dog has praised a change in the law which led to her killer being jailed for life after new forensic evidence allowed a retrial.

Odd-job man Mark Weston launched a "brutal and prolonged" attack on mother-of-two Vikki Thompson, 30, after she caught him masturbating in a country lane.

Weston, 35, was originally cleared of battering her near her home in the Cotswold village of Ascott-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire in 1995.

But after the 'double jeopardy' rule was removed in 2005, he was found guilty in a second trial at Reading Crown Court..

Weston is the first person to face a murder retrial following the discovery of new forensic evidence.

Small amounts of her blood, missed during the initial investigation, were discovered on a pair of Weston's boots when Thames Valley Police reopened the case in 2005.

He husband Jonathan, speaking after the sentencing, said the change in the double jeopardy law was "crucial in achieving justice" but he refused to criticise forensic officers who failed to spot the blood stains in the initial investigation.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Dec 14, 2010
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