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Do not destroy DNA samples after 5 years.

Comment 2nd July 2010

DNA is a valuable investigative tool. It can extend beyond the donor and assists in the tracing, and often conviction, of those related to them who may not be on the database. This extended examination is used only for the most serious offences and is strictly controlled.

DNA evidence can also eliminate suspects who may otherwise be convicted on an unfortunate coincidence of circumstantial evidence. This has happened and innocent people have been jailed.

You only have to follow news articles to see that historic rapes, murders and sexual assaults are being detected and offenders imprisoned due to updated techniques. To waste this and lose the chance for victims to get justice would be criminal.

Why does this matter?

Many millions of pounds are spent on initiatives, legislation, the justice system, rehabilitation of offenders, victim support…………the list goes on.

A main opportunity to identify and prove involvement in serious offences would be lost if DNA samples were destroyed after 5 years, indeed if they were destroyed at all.  Why spend all the millions then throw away such a good opportunity to achieve justice and eliminate the threat to the public from these offenders.

To destroy this opportunity for justice would also destroy the hopes of victims that the perpetrator will eventually be convicted.  

 

Civil Liberties undoubtably have their place in our society but that must not hinder justice. 

Those who are against the retention for indefinite periods may one day be that victim who seeks justice. It could also be their husband, wife, son, daughter or other loved one who is that victim. 

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