Desmond Dinnell

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Desomond Dinnell was convicted of rape. The complainant (who was 15 years old) had been out with her friend. Both had become extremely intoxicated. She gave an account of feeling her clothes being removed and then falling asleep. She said she woke to find someone having sex with her. She identified Dinnell as her attacker in court. On appeal, fresh DNA evidence showed DNA from three separate male donors, but not from Dinnell. The court concluded that had this evidence been available to the jury, they would have been bound to acquit.

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