Mohammed Arshad murder case DNA samples to be destroyed

Mohammed Arshad
Image caption Mohammed Arshad was stabbed in the head (pic: West Mercia Police)

Hundreds of DNA samples taken from residents during the hunt for a taxi driver's killer are to be destroyed.

Andrew Bayliss, 29, from Kings Norton in the West Midlands, was jailed for life in April after being convicted of the murder of Mohammed Arshad.

He denied killing Mr Arshad, 36, in Wast Hills Lane near the Worcestershire border, in July 2009.

Police said samples would be destroyed in accordance with assurances given to Kings Norton residents in 2009.

DNA swabs, fingerprints and photographs would be disposed of, West Mercia Police said.

Samples will be incinerated at a specialist waste management company in Birmingham on 15 September.

Car abandoned

Photographs and samples were provided voluntarily by men aged between 14 and 40, after a request from police investigating Mr Arshad's murder, the force said.

The father of three, from Birmingham, was stabbed in the head.

He was left to die in a ditch beside Wast Hills Lane while his car was discovered abandoned about a mile from where he was found.

Bayliss said he had been in the cab but did not kill Mr Arshad, Worcester Crown Court heard.

The 29-year-old, who had debts of about £20,000, hit on a plan to relieve the financial pressure by robbing a taxi driver, Judge Alistair McCreath said.

Det Ch Supt Sheila Thornes said: "We carried out house-to-house inquiries on the Hawkesley estate and Monyhull Hall Road area and asked males living there to provide voluntarily samples for elimination purposes.

"They were compared with forensic samples recovered from Mr Arshad's taxi.

"We told people at the time that these samples would not be used for any other cases, that they would not be recorded on any databases and that they would be destroyed at the end of the investigation."

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