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Friday 31 July 2015

Forensics not flawed, appeal told

Published 25/05/2011 | 00:00

Henrik Gorski, found guilty to the murder of Shirley Finlay. PIC SUPPLIED
Henrik Gorski, found guilty to the murder of Shirley Finlay. PIC SUPPLIED

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.

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