Praise for bring­ing mur­derer to jus­tice after 30 years

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A COLD case re­view team was awarded a po­lice commendation after bring­ing a mur­derer to jus­tice 30 years after the crime.

Peter Beirne, of Amer­sham in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­view team; along with Ken Lin­ney and another re­tired sergeant were com­mended for their work on the cold case re­view of the mur­der of Claire Woolter­ton in 1981.

The re­view of the case of the mur­der of Miss Woolter­ton has led to Colin Camp­bell be­ing sentenced to life im­pris­on­ment, 30 years after the of­fence was com­mit­ted.

In 1981, 17-year-old Miss Woolter­ton’s body was dis­cov­ered in Wind­sor, Berk­shire. De­spite of­fi­cers work­ing for six months in one of the largest in­ci­dent rooms ever, in­volv­ing 40 de­tec­tives plus support staff, the case went un­solved. But in De­cem­ber 2013 – 32 years after the orig­i­nal of­fence had been com­mit­ted – DNA found on a 32-year-old strip of ad­he­sive tape linked Camp­bell to the killing.

Mr Beirne said: “I was pleased with the con­vic­tion, but also very re­lieved that we had fi­nally man­aged to con­vict the man re­spon­si­ble for Claire’s death.”

Camp­bell, who was al­ready serv­ing a life sen­tence for the man­slaugh­ter of Deirdre Sains­bury, was sentenced to life in prison for Claire’s mur­der.

CON­VICTED: Above, an old cus­tody im­age of Colin Camp­bell, taken after he was ar­rested for the mur­der of Dei­dre Sains­bury in De­cem­ber 1984. In De­cem­ber 2013, Camp­bell (also left) was also con­victed of the 1981 mur­der of Claire Woolter­ton, and sentenced to life

COM­MENDED: Peter Beirne from the ma­jor crime in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­view team of Thames Val­ley Po­lice with deputy chief con­sta­ble Fran­cis Hab­good

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