Contamination of forensic evidence which helped convict a man of murdering a vulnerable young woman was impossible, the Court of Appeal has heard.
Defence lawyers have challenged the safety of the guilty verdict against Henryk Gorski by pointing to the presence of a policeman in his home on the night Shirley Finlay was battered.
Judges were told this officer had earlier been at the scene where the victim's body was discovered at a car park in Ballymena in September 2006. But Richard Weir QC, for the Crown, claimed the contamination theory was “a dead duck”.
Gorkski, a 54-year-old Polish factory worker, was ordered to serve at least 20 years in jail after a jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict against him in 2009.