NS BBC has said it is “extremely sorry for the distress” for the mother of a slain schoolgirl who claims that journalist Martin Bashir took her daughter’s clothes for DNA testing 30 years ago and never returned them.
Michelle Hadaway says Mr Bashir received the clothes bbc two Public Eye program three decades ago but the investigation did not air and his call to the broadcaster was ignored.
Karen Hadaway and her friend Nicola Fellows, who were both nine years old, were found sexually assaulted and strangled in a woodland den in Brighton in October 1986 in what became known as the Babes in the Wood murders.
The families of the two girls spent decades fighting for justice after their killer, Russell Bishop, was initially found not guilty of their murders in 1987.
Ms Hadaway has previously claimed that not having clothes could hinder her from pursuing Babes in the Wood Killer in court and has called on Mr Bashir to apologize.
after an inquiry by mail on sunday, ns BBC Said it was “horrified” that the clothes were lost.
a BBC The spokesperson said: “The BBC We are deeply sorry for the distress this has caused Ms. Hadaway and we are deeply sorry that we were unable to respond to her about what happened.
“We are shocked that these clothes were lost after they were obtained as part of an investigation. BBC program.
“We are continuing to look into the matter following the Dyson inquiry, and as part of that, we asked a former senior BBC executive to review what happened in the case, including the 2004 investigation, and see if anything has been missed that could help us locate the clothing.
Ms Hadaway has said Mr Bashir had come to her in 1991 and asked for DNA testing of her daughter’s clothes BBC program, stating that science had advanced in the five years since the murders, but never returned the clothes.
talking to women’s hour In May, she said: “Over the years I’ve been deeply annoyed by the fact that this guy never apologized to me, never contacted me, the denial has been going on for quite a long time.”
After Bishop was controversially found not guilty in 1987, it took more than 30 years, DNA advances and changes in the law, before he was convicted in a trial in 2018.
In response to allegations that in 2004 BBC The investigative unit did not contact individuals who may have known where the clothes were, with the broadcaster calling the claims “false”.
It added: “Records show that (Public Eye editor) Nigel Chapman and a person who can be identified as (assistant producer) Charlie Beckett were contacted during the 2004 investigation.
“Martin Bashir was contacted through his agent, who told us that Martin was unable to assist with the whereabouts of the clothing.
“Eileen Fairweather left the public eye job before the clothes went missing.”
in an interview The Sunday Times, Mr. Bashir was asked about potentially important evidence and replied: “I may have lost it but I can’t remember.”
The Metropolitan Police recently announced that it would not be launching a criminal investigation into the journalist’s incendiary interview with Diana, Princess of Wales.
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