Luke Mitchell was just 14 years old when his girlfriend Jodi Jones, also 14, was murdered on 30th June 2003.
It was a horrific attack, with Jodi’s throat being cut up to 20 times, and her body mutilated after death.
From the minute the body was discovered by Luke and three of Jodi’s family members, it was plain the police were focussing on only one person – Luke himself.
Luke was taken to a police station, stripped naked without an adult present, body samples taken for forensic testing, along with all of his clothes. Not one of the other members of the search party was treated in this way – their clothes were not recovered for days afterwards, having been washed, and reference DNA samples were not taken until 16 – 23 days later.