Murder appeal to High Court

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A MAN locked up for killing his ex-girlfriend six years ago took his fight for justice to the High Court this week.

Kevin Nunn, of Woolpit, Suffolk, was 45 years old when he was convicted in November 2006 of the murder of Dawn Walker. Her body was found close to the River Lark, near her home in Fornham All Saints, on February 4, 2005.

Nunn is now serving a life sentence, with a minimum 22 years to serve, and has already had one conviction challenge rejected by the Appeal Court.

On Wednesday, his lawyers challenged Suffolk Police’s refusal to allow access to detailed forensic evidence which they say could help clear Nunn’s name.

Lord Justice Thomas and Mr Justice Haddon-Cave deferred judgement to a later date.

QC for Nunn, Hugh Southey, claimed recent breakthroughs in forensic science could throw a new light on the case, but said the Chief Constable of Suffolk had declined to grant access to physical evidence gathered at the time.

Mr Southey said there was no direct evidence linking Nunn to the crime. His defence lawyers say that sperm traces found on Ms Walker’s legs should be subjected to newly developed YSTR testing.

Mr Southey pointed out that Nunn claimed to have undergone a vasectomy some time before the murder, and so could not have produced the sperm sample.

Nunn is seeking judicial review of the denial of access to ‘prosecution evidence remaining in the possession of the police’.

Fiona Barton, for Suffolk Police, pointed out that at Nunn’s trial the prosecution never claimed that the sperm sample originated from him.

“It’s an assumption the jury could not have made,” she told the court.

Julian Knowles, representing the Crown Prosecution Service, argued the scientific evidence at Nunn’s trial had been ‘largely irrelevant’.