Jewel heist DNA ‘matched accused’

Hamilton & Inches in George Street

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FORENSIC experts investigating a jewel heist at Hamilton & Inches in George Street found the DNA of a man accused of the armed robbery on both “getaway” cars, a court heard.

Scottish Police Authority scientist Emily Service, 44, said the possibility of a sample taken from a BMW matching anyone other than Michael Hood was one in 18,000.

Another swab taken from the handbrake of a fire damaged Honda also matched Hood’s DNA, she told the High Court in Livingston. She said the statistical probability of the sample being from another man was one in one billion.

Ms Service also analysed DNA from a disposable latex glove found in the Honda.

She said that the sample was a one in one billion match for the DNA of Hood’s co-accused Kurtis Beech.

Hood, 32, from Edinburgh, denies assault and robbery, reset, possession of cannabis and a series of motoring offences. Kurtis Beech, 29, of Manchester, denies driving two stolen cars allegedly used in the getaway without a proper licence or insurance.

The alleged raid took place last June. The trial continues.