Adam Scott, who was falsely accused of rape due to a DNA mix-up
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DNA rape sample procedures 'not adequate'

A private forensics laboratory has been blamed for a mix-up which led to an innocent man being accused of rape and held in custody for almost two months.

Adam Scott, from Exmouth in Devon, was charged after a plastic tray containing a sample of his DNA was used to analyse a swab from a rape victim.

The charges were dropped when it emerged a DNA sample had been contaminated at LGC Forensics.

Forensic Science Regulator Andrew Rennison said Mr Scott was an "innocent victim of avoidable contamination"

Simon Hall reports.

  • 01 Oct 2012