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Stefan Kiszko

Volume 204: debated on Friday 28 February 1992

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To ask the Attorney-General why the results of the sperm test on Stefan Kiszko carried out by Dr. Edward Tierney were not disclosed to the defence at the time of his trial.

The sample of semen obtained by Dr. Tierney from Stefan Kiszko was submitted to the forensic science laboratory for examination. The Director of Public Prosecutions was provided with a witness statement made by the scientist concerned with the test and that statement was served as part of the committal document. The statement concluded withh an assertion that the maker had

"found nothing else of evidential value"
and the Director of Public Prosecutions relied upon that assertion. So far as can be ascertained from the DPP's case file, no information was received by his staff to put them on notice that further material evidence was in fact available. The conduct of the original inquiry is currently under investigation by the Lancashire police.