Gosport murder trial: Murdered woman's DNA was found on alleged killer's trainer

TRACES of a murdered woman’s DNA were found on an alleged killer’s trainer, a court heard.

Friday, 24th January 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Friday, 24th January 2020, 8:20 am

Brendan Rowan-Davies, 29, is accused of tying up Kelly-Anne Case, 27, in her Grange Crescent home in Gosport while torturing her naked before slicing her throat and burning her property on July 30.

Forensic experts confirmed a link between the defendant and Ms Case during evidence at Winchester Crown Court.

Asked by prosecutor William Mousley QC whether any blood was found on Rowan-Davies’ white Nike trainer, forensic expert Sarah Downing confirmed there was before saying: ‘There is a DNA profile match with Kelly.’

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The view was backed up by another forensic scientist, Jessica Adby, who said: ‘There is more than likely DNA from two individuals. (Rowan-Davies’) profile reference shows he could be a major contributor.’

Ms Adby also told the court there was DNA from ‘at least three people’ on body taping from the deceased. ‘It is at least a billion times more likely the DNA is Kelly’s, Brendan’s and an unknown individual’s,’ she said.

Referring to Ms Case’s bedroom, the forensic scientist said: ‘There is a large area of blood under the bed. Blood runs all down the side of the wall.

‘There are smears of blood on the wall suggesting something came into contact with it.

‘There is also smeared blood staining on the wall opposite the bed.’

Ms Adby said blood covered the stairs as well. ‘There is light smear blood staining on the stairs and outer bannister,’ she said.

‘There is also light blood staining on the wall opposite the main bedroom. These indicate the individual or item was wet with blood when coming into contact with these areas.’

Roger Blackmore, a forensic scientist, said his findings revealed a possible link over cable ties allegedly used to tie up Ms Case. ‘The cable ties found at Trinity Close (Rowan-Davies’ address) could have originated from Grange Crescent,’ he said.

Ms Case’s body was discovered by firefighters after they battled to extinguish a blaze allegedly started by the defendant before he fled the scene.

Rowan-Davies is accused of attempting to cover his tracks after leaving the address, changing his clothes twice and dumping items.