Suspect’s car cleaned of fingerprints
Bristow was arrested at his home on a caravan site in Chilmington Green the day after the stabbing.
Two vehicles were seized, including a Mitsubishi Trojan he had been driving the previous evening.
The prosecutor told the court not only were there no traces of blood, the vehicles also lacked fingerprints.
“Both appeared to have been deep-cleaned as they were spotless,” said Mr Espley.
“No blatant fingertip marks were found, just greasy smears where it had been cleaned.”
Bristow was interviewed by police on four occasions but made no comment to all questions.
A call was made to his mum from his mobile phone after the alleged stabbing, followed by a couple of attempts by his mum to call him.
The court heard the same phone was used to call Bristow’s girlfriend while he was in police custody, presumably by another family member to keep her informed, said Mr Espley.
But he added that after Bristow was released by police there was no evidence the phone was ever used again.
Mr Espley told the jury that this, together with the cleaning of the vehicles, were some of the “little things” that indicated Bristow had stabbed Mr Bean and “wanted to hide it”.