Praise for bringing murderer to justice after 30 years
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