Portsmouth man calls for murder case to be reopened

REVIEW Alan Norton wants the authorities to look at his case again
REVIEW Alan Norton wants the authorities to look at his case again
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A MAN who spent 30 years locked up for the murder of his sister has demanded justice after a lie detector test declared him innocent.

Alan Norton, 70, of Eastern Road, Milton, told The News he ‘lost everything’ when he was sentenced to death for the brutal stabbing and sexual assault of his 10-year-old sister Joy in Jersey in 1965.

He escaped hanging after capital punishment rules were changed in 1969, and spent three decades in jail.

Mr Norton has always denied the offences and recently spent £1,000 on a polygraph test which indicated he is not lying.

The test has a 95 to 98 per cent accuracy rate and Mr Norton is using it to call on Jersey authorities to conduct a case review with DNA testing – which was not available at the time of the murder.

He said: ‘From day one, I have maintained my innocence and now I want DNA testing done. I’m convinced the DNA samples from my sister’s dress are in a laboratory somewhere.

‘I’ve lost everything. Not only did I lose my sister, my wife divorced me and my son is a stranger to me.

‘I hated prison. I spent the best years of my life there for a crime I did not commit.

‘This is not about vengeance or hatred. I just want to clear my name and also get justice for my sister because she’s never been able to rest in peace.’

Mr Norton settled in Portsmouth following his release from prison in 1996.

He worked as a night porter at the Hilton Hotel from 1997 to 2002 and as a caretaker at Portsmouth Naval Base from 2002 until he retired in 2007.

The pensioner currently volunteers twice a week for the League of Friends at St Mary’s Hospital in Milton.

He said: ‘I’ve never hidden my past. I was completely straight up with my managers. Only one of my neighbours knows though, so this will come as a shock to them.’

Mr Norton’s solicitor is asking for the to be reopned, but Jersey’s Attorney General’s office said no forensic samples had been kept from 1965.

A spokesman said: ‘According to the information which we have, it does not appear that there is any material still in existence which would be suitable for DNA examination.’