The DNA of the now 17-year-old male accused that allegedly raped, buggered, and murdered a then 9-year-old schoolgirl in 2018 was presumably found in the deceased victim’s anus.
According to The Gleaner, the last witness in the case was Crystal Beepot, the Chief of the DNA Unit at the Institute of Forensic Science and Legal Medicine, who testified via video link today, June 29, in the Westmoreland Circuit Court.
Beepot reported that based on the findings from the samples taken from the boy’s underpants, swabs from his fingernails, as well as anal swabs from the deceased victim, his DNA was found in her anus.
She, however, clarified this to say that the DNA found cannot be used to determine that the accused is the source, though it is a 1 in a 175-quadrillion chance that another person in the country has the same DNA profile as the accused.
Beepot stated that a similar sample was again conducted, which subsequently produced two mixed DNA profiles. She outlined that based on assessment, it showed that they are from at least two individuals.
Prior to this testimony, Dr. Judith Mowatt, the Head of the Institute of Forensic Science and Legal Medicine testified that swabs for forensic tests and analysis were taken from the deceased schoolgirl’s vagina and it was found to have human fluids present.
On June 5, 2018, the accused who was 13-year-old at the time, allegedly lured the victim on her way from school to the bushes with a promise to pick apples.
During a question and answer session in the presence of his lawyers, the teenage boy told the court that two other men sexually molested the girl before he did.