A CARAVAN site owned by the mother of convicted murderer Luke Mitchell has been attacked by vandals for the second time.
More than £40,000 worth of damage was caused after petrol bombs were used to destroy 33 caravans on the Scott’s Caravans site in Dalkeith, Midlothian. The site is owned by Corinne Mitchell, whose son Luke is currently serving life for the murder of his teenage girlfriend Jodi Jones, found stabbed to death in woodland in 2003.
Two boys aged 14 and 16 have been arrested in connection with the attack on the caravan site, which took place last month. The older boy has been reported to the fiscal, while the younger was referred to the Children’s Reporter.
The fires come less than a week after the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission ordered a re-examination of DNA evidence connected to the controversial case, including male DNA found in the knot in the right leg of Jodi’s trousers, as well as DNA found on the fly button and zip. Luke Mitchell has always denied murdering Jodi when they were both aged 14, and passed a lie detector test in April where he claimed he was not responsible for her stabbing. This position is backed by his mother, who claims he was with her at the time of the killing.
Last week the Evening News reported that Jodi’s mother Judy was “devastated” by the “unwelcome news” that the case was to be reopened ten years after her daughter’s death.
The Scott’s Caravans site was subjected to a previous attack in 2006, when three teenagers were given probation and community service after admitting destroying 24 caravans while under the influence of alcohol.
Speaking after the latest attack, Corinne Mitchell said she was tired of being targeted, adding: “I know why it happens.”