Crime victim’s anger as DNA evidence ignored

Worcester News: VICTIM OF CRIME: Gerald Dargle is angry that no one has been prosecuted after the burglary at his Cradley cottage. VICTIM OF CRIME: Gerald Dargle is angry that no one has been prosecuted after the burglary at his Cradley cottage.

BURGLARS who ransacked a house, drilled through gas pipes and left live electrical wires hanging loose remain uncaught – despite police having DNA evidence for a suspect.

Gerald Dargle, the owner of the cottage in Cradley, near Malvern, is still furious after receiving a letter from West Mercia Police 10 months after the burglary saying there was insufficient evidence to charge anyone in connection with the case.

This is despite the one item of evidence being found in the house – a section of electrical tape – implicating a known burglar.

Detective Sergeant Chris Watson said: “Unfortunately, this single piece of evidence would not reach the burden of proof needed for a successful prosecution.”

He said that Hereford CID has done all it could to investigate the theft of copper piping experienced by Mr Dargle and had kept him informed of any developments.

Mr Dargle is upset no one will be charged believing that if he switched his lights on after the burglary he could have blown himself up from an electrical spark igniting the escaped gas.

“I read the meter afterwards and I worked out that 80 cubic metres of gas had escaped,” he said.

Copper piping from the heating system and electrical wiring had been removed, but the gas pipes had also been tampered with as the burglars tired to remove them.

Mr Dargle had been renovating the cottage at the time of last November’s raid.

He is particularly unhappy that nobody was charged even though a suspect’s DNA was found on the electrical tape. A man was arrested, but released without charge.

“They said the reason for it was the tape was a movable item, which is ridiculous – who else would have put it there?” he said.

“If you found a piece of tape wrapped three times round your gas pipes then surely that is evidence they were there?”

DS Watson said: “While forensics found DNA of a known offender on a piece of electrical tape, it was ass-essed that this was not enough to pursue a prosecution. If the DNA had been found on a permanent object in the property this would have been strong proof of this person being in the property. However, it was found on an item which had been brought to the scene of the crime.”

DS Watson said: “We have done all we can in this case, so it’s a shame that Mr Dargle still does not feel the same way despite a number of reviews being done into our work, all of which found that it was satisfactory and there was no chance of it proceeding further.”

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8:53pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Guy66 says...

Seems the evidence clearly identified a known idiot and they should be named. Bring back mob rule for persistent known offenders who clearly play the system! I am sure a good old western tar and feather exercise who do the moron some good!
Seems the evidence clearly identified a known idiot and they should be named. Bring back mob rule for persistent known offenders who clearly play the system! I am sure a good old western tar and feather exercise who do the moron some good! Guy66

8:54pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Guy66 says...

Seems the evidence clearly identified a known idiot and they should be named. Bring back mob rule for persistent known offenders who clearly play the system! I am sure a good old western tar and feather exercise would do the moron some good!
Seems the evidence clearly identified a known idiot and they should be named. Bring back mob rule for persistent known offenders who clearly play the system! I am sure a good old western tar and feather exercise would do the moron some good! Guy66

9:31pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Allan Whitehead says...

How this now goes to show that DNA is not the B all and End All and only goes to show. That those who have called for the death penalty in the past, using the DNA as being the ultimate have been proved wrong once again…
How this now goes to show that DNA is not the B all and End All and only goes to show. That those who have called for the death penalty in the past, using the DNA as being the ultimate have been proved wrong once again… Allan Whitehead

1:56am Sat 17 Nov 12

jb says...

It's not the DNA which is in dispute in this case but what it was on and how it got to the scene. The annoying fact is that this known burglar probably knows as much about the burden of proof as the CPS. He may have got away with this one but I suspect that as he's a know offender it won't be long before he slips up again.
It's not the DNA which is in dispute in this case but what it was on and how it got to the scene. The annoying fact is that this known burglar probably knows as much about the burden of proof as the CPS. He may have got away with this one but I suspect that as he's a know offender it won't be long before he slips up again. jb

8:25am Sat 17 Nov 12

wooshman says...

I think this is more to do with Crown prosecution service not willing to take the case on the chance that it would effect their performance. Sometimes we should have faith that a jury would convict on the evidence, seems that CPS take on the role of judge and jury far too often
I think this is more to do with Crown prosecution service not willing to take the case on the chance that it would effect their performance. Sometimes we should have faith that a jury would convict on the evidence, seems that CPS take on the role of judge and jury far too often wooshman

8:53am Sat 17 Nov 12

Allan Whitehead says...

wooshman wrote:
I think this is more to do with Crown prosecution service not willing to take the case on the chance that it would effect their performance. Sometimes we should have faith that a jury would convict on the evidence, seems that CPS take on the role of judge and jury far too often
woosman:-
How true you are. It is the results of the damage done by our do-gooders,
Moreover, the ever-increasing softness of the punishment handed out by those who are guided by our trusty law lords.
[quote][p][bold]wooshman[/bold] wrote: I think this is more to do with Crown prosecution service not willing to take the case on the chance that it would effect their performance. Sometimes we should have faith that a jury would convict on the evidence, seems that CPS take on the role of judge and jury far too often[/p][/quote]woosman:- How true you are. It is the results of the damage done by our do-gooders, Moreover, the ever-increasing softness of the punishment handed out by those who are guided by our trusty law lords. Allan Whitehead

4:58pm Sat 17 Nov 12

DarrenM says...

More nonsense from the Police Farce - lets hope Bill sorts this lot out pronto-

As pretty much everything is a movable object, so if your house gets burgled unless the burglar leaves his DNA on the actual brickwork of your house (and presumably a signed confession at the scene as well) Worst Farcia won't do anything?
More nonsense from the Police Farce - lets hope Bill sorts this lot out pronto- As pretty much everything is a movable object, so if your house gets burgled unless the burglar leaves his DNA on the actual brickwork of your house (and presumably a signed confession at the scene as well) Worst Farcia won't do anything? DarrenM

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