POLICE have not given up their hunt
for the brutal killer of Poole businessman John Green who was found
stabbed to death in his office in 1991. Advances in DNA technology – as well as new
information coming forward from the public – could still catch the
person or people responsible for the murder of the 36-year-old
Detectives are still appealing for
witnesses and anyone with information about the killer to come
forward in confidence and call Dorset Police or Crimestoppers.
Mr Green was found murdered in his
office in Poole Road, Branksome, by his girlfriend Lori de Carteret
on 2 February 1991. At the time, the attack was described as
frenzied. The bloodstained body of Mr Green was found slumped
between a window and a desk in the office at the back of his shop.
Detectives believe that Mr Green had been killed the previous
afternoon – between 3.15pm and 4pm on 1 February, 1991.
As part of the extensive police
investigation at the time, there was a reconstruction of the murder
TV’s Crimewatch programme as
well as a £13,000 reward for information leading to the conviction
of Mr Green’s killer or killers. The reward had been put up by
family and friends of Mr Green. Despite the publicity and the
reward – and the issuing of artist’s impressions of two people that
police wanted to speak to over the murder – Mr Green’s killer has
not been found. So far.
Every two years, Dorset Police’s
Major Crime Team (MCIT) reviews the John
Green murder case to see if there have been any technological
advances – such as DNA – that could help catch the
killer or killers of the businessman. MCIT is headed by
Detective Chief Inspector Neil Redstone who is hopeful that
advances in DNA
and other technology could still help catch John Green’s killer or
killers – even after 15 years.
He said: "I am confident that old
cases can be solved. Because of the coverage that this case has had
over the years, there has been information coming in – and there
are things that we are hopeful about."Every two years, we look at
whether or not there has been any further information, whether
there are advances in forensic evidence that would provide
opportunities and whether there is any potential for
"The forensics would have been
based on the technology at the time. This was all pre-DNA so it as
all around fingerprints, blood groups, identifying who had contact
with Mr Green before his death. "The investigation was trying to
paint a picture of Mr Green’s life and, more importantly, it was
trying to paint a picture of his death which we have always
struggled to do.
"We went down all sorts of avenues
trying to develop leads and we were left with as many unanswered
questions as answers," added DCI Redstone. At the time,
detectives were hampered by the fact that Mr Green had held a party
for around 50 people at his home the weekend before he died. That
meant that it was impossible to identify fingerprints that did and
did not belong to the flat.
During their investigations back in
1991, police received two calls from people who said that they had
seen Mr Green, who was in the process of setting up a marine
security company, being jostled into his shop by two men on the
afternoon that the businessman was murdered.
A third witness also told
detectives that they had seen the two men leaving Mr Green’s shop
just 45 minutes later. Despite artist’s impressions of the two men
being released to the public via the media and posters, detectives
were unable to take that part of the enquiry forward.
Witnesses and anyone with
information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 or the
free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile
phone tariffs may apply.