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Classification: Homicide
Characteristics: He wanted to know what it was like to have sex with a boy
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: November 11, 1978
Date of birth: ???
Victim profile: Paul Kingsley, 11
Method of murder: Strangulation
Location: Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Status: Found not guilty of murder. Sentenced to 7 years in prison for manslaughter

Date of crime: 11/11/78

Motive: He wanted to know what it was like to have sex with a boy.

Crime: The murder of Paul Kingsley, aged 11, in Bradford.

Method: He strangled Kingsley by mistake after having had sex with him.

Sentence: He was found not guilty of murder, and received 7 years imprisonment for manslaughter.

Interesting facts: According to the pathologist, this occasion was not the first time Paul had engaged in homosexual acts as a passive partner - he had endulged frequently in the past. The last act however had been forceful.

The way in which Sinclair was found guilty was based on forensic evidence. In Sinclair's home a pair of trousers were found that were made out of identical fibres to some found on the clothes of Kingsley. This was not enough evidence to prosecute him with however. Then 4 red fibres were found on Paul's clothes, and 5 of the same fibres were also found on the trousers of Sinclair. A towel was found in Sinclair's home which matched all nine red fibres. This was enough evidence.



The use of forensic evidence by both the prosecution and the defence

Forensic evidence can show only two things but in a variety of ways. It can prove that the accused is guilty, or it can prove that the accused is innocent of the crime for which he is on trial. In this way, forensic science is exceedingly valuable.

An example of how useful such evidence can be can be seen in the case of the murder of Paul Kingsley by Anthony Sinclair. In this case, the victim, a nine year old boy named Paul Kingsley, never turned up to Scouts one evening, nor did he return home that night. His body was found soon after having been violated and strangled.

Evidence was scarce, and the case was investigated for a long time. It was noted that some fibres that were found on the clothes of the boy did not belong to him or any of the clothes in his wardrobe. They were analysed and it was discovered that they originated from a factory in Switzerland.

The only people that used that type of carpet fibre in that particular shade in Britain were a commercial company. But it was discovered, after a long period of detective work that an off-cut had been used to carpet Anthony Sinclair’s car. In conjunction with other circumstantial evidence, this forensic evidence led directly to the arrest of the accused, and finally to his conviction.



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