Dog DNA helps British police get murder conviction
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Dog DNA helps British police get murder conviction

Pet chased down gang member's rival

A gang member convicted of murdering a rival became the first person to be convicted using dog DNA.

Chrisdian Johnson has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally stabbing Oluwaseyi "Seyi" Ogunyemi. Johnson used his dog Tyson to chase down and catch Ogunyemi. Johnson then stabbed Ogunyemi to death. Tyson was injured in the attack and police were able to trace the dog's blood back to Johnson.

Detective Chief Inspector Mick Norman, who led the investigation, told The Independent: "The advances in dog DNA and forensic work now means that anyone who owns a dog and uses it to attack people can be identified and prosecuted."

The TimesOnline reported:

"Rob Ogden, along with scientists at the University of Edinburgh, set up the database last year, and several more cases involving his expertise are currently going through the courts.

Dr Ogden, a forensic animal DNA specialist, said: 'It can involve dangerous dog offenses, but we also get cases where dogs naturally shed hairs.' Those hairs, attached to a person’s clothing, may be shed at a crime scene, providing an identification possibility."

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