05 January 17
Ferrari thief jailed as a result of the latest DNA technique
A thief who offered to ‘find’ a stolen £400,000 Ferrari in the hope of getting a shorter sentence was jailed for nine years, after the police found the car without his help.
Ashley McNulty, of Gloucester, pleaded guilty to burgling Mill House, near Lechlade and stealing the Ferrari, a black Porsche, four guns including a Browning automatic and a gas powered air rifle, fishing equipment and cutlery and candlesticks.
A gang was involved in the raid but initially, only McNulty was caught - he was identified by DNA from a small piece of latex glove which was torn off during the burglary.
This came into Key Forensic’s Norwich lab initially as an intelligence case. A mixed DNA profile was obtained from the latex glove and a speculative search of the National DNA Database was carried out. This initially resulted in an intelligence identification of McNulty.
Through the use of STRmix it was possible to statistically evaluate this result turning an intelligence identification to a statistic for evidential purposes, the strength of which lead to a guilty plea from McNulty.