SOLICITORS acting on behalf of a man serving life for murder have requested a judicial review in order to gain access to forensic material.
Hickman and Rose solicitors say they have been denied access to the material relating to the case of Kevin Nunn, who was found guilty in 2006 of murdering Dawn Walker.
They issued a judicial review claim on April 27 against the Chief Constable of Suffolk Police with the Director of Public Prosecutions named as an interested party.
Kate Maynard, who is representing Nunn in the review claim, said: “We have instructed experts who have advised on further testing on forensic material that should be undertaken in view of developments in science.
“We approached initially the Crown Prosecution Service and then we were referred to the police, who have custody of the material. That was refused and we are challenging that refusal decision.
“They have to say what their basis is of resisting the claim that withholding access to the material is unlawful.
“It will then go to a single judge who will decide whether to give us permission to proceed for a full substantive judicial review hearing.”
Miss Walker’s body was found by the River Lark, at Fornham Park, in 2005.
A spokesman for Suffolk Police said they would respond to the application ‘accordingly’. A spokeswoman for the CPS confirmed the application had been lodged but said it ‘would not be appropriate to comment further’.