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Police reopen Amanda Duffy murder inquiry

Amanda Duffy
Image caption The body of Amanda Duffy was found on waste ground in Hamilton in 1992

Police have reopened their investigation into the murder of a 19-year-old student 20 years ago.

The body of drama student Amanda Duffy was found on waste ground in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, on 30 May 1992.

Strathclyde Police said they believed that some people had been withholding information about the killing.

Local man Francis Auld stood trial accused of Amanda's murder, but the charge was found not proven by a jury at the High Court Glasgow in 1992.

He had denied murdering the Motherwell College student.

The case prompted a campaign by Amanda's parents, Joe and Kate Duffy, to have the not proven verdict scrapped.

An incident room has been set up by Strathclyde Police at Larkhall station following the reopening of the case.

In a statement, Det Supt Alan Buchanan said: "It is now 20 years since the appalling murder of Amanda and every day her family have to live with the knowledge that the person responsible for the murder of their daughter has never been brought to justice.

"I believe that certain people have information in relation to Amanda's murder that they are withholding, perhaps from a sense of misguided loyalty, and may be reluctant to come forward with that information.

"I now need those people to look at their consciences and think of Amanda's family and friends, who have been through the worst experience imaginable in losing a loved one in the most horrific way."

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