KEVIN JACKSON’S MURDER CASE
On 30 December 2001, Kelvin Jackson of 31 years old was wounded fatally when he interrupted gang of thieves came by car and attempts to steal the car of model number RAV4 Toyota jeep. This jeep belongs to his father-in-law which is parked outside his house in Halifax, Yorkshire. On 1 January, immediately after two days, Kevin Jackson died in hospital as he had received several wounds and injuries using a tool that is screwdriver type, which results in a blow that is fatal to the left side of the head.
During the police investigation, police provide attention to the known car criminals which after few days led to the arrest of Rashad Zaman of 21 years. The examination of this case was performed by Forensic Science Services (FSS) scientists who discovered the location of the screwdriver in the boot. The blood was found at the blade connection in the screwdriver through which DNA analysis was performed which helps in revealing a match with Kevin Jackson, the victim. The tool mark examiner examines the case further for the careful examination of the parts that got damage marks present in the lock of RAV4 which displayed that the Zaman’s car boot was the prime location of the screwdriver that was used in attempting theft. Two more suspects Raees Khan of 21 years and Rangzaib Akhtar of 20 years were arrested in the subsequent weeks. Several items were recovered from the residence of three suspects while searching and the prime evidence that works as key evidence among three was pair of Rockport boots spattered with blood that was found from Rashid Zaman’s house. The detailed information about the match was recovered from DNA analysis of the victim and a pattern shows that the person who wore the boots must be in close vicinity to the attack. Another evidence is fingernails also recovered from the skin fragments that were also used to produce a complete DNA profile which found a match with one of the suspects Raees Khan. that The footwear impressions were also recovered from the crime scene that was left behind in the snow which was examined by the footwear examiners from FSS exhibited that some prints recovered from the crime scene match with the pair of Nike trainers that were recovered from the residence of Rangzaib Akhtar whereas other evidence matched with the Rockport boots that are discussed previously.
At Leeds Crown Court on 20 December 2002, all the three offenders were found guilty of murder then Zaman and Khan were sentenced to life imprisonment whereas Akhtar was given life custody. On 28 November 2004, the appeal was done by Khan against the conviction that was later on dismissed by the Court of Appeal. Zaman and Akhtar's application for leave to appeal against conviction was also get canceled on that date.