An office worker was accused of burgling a colleague's home after police found her fingerprints on a wedding card she had signed at her desk.Wow!
Alysha Wilson was arrested at work, marched off to a police cell and accused of breaking into the home of the bride while she was on holiday.
Who knew they took burglary so seriously in Greater Manchester?
Earlier, the 19-year-old's solicitor had insisted on an independent forensic examination of the evidence and found officers had incorrectly labelled his client's fingerprints.Whoops!
'It's been traumatic really,' she said. 'I am just so happy now that it has come to light what the truth was behind it and why, otherwise I would have been another person on a list and being named a criminal. Being put in a police cell is not nice for anyone.'She’s awfully forgiving, under the circumstances. I don’t think I’d be.
Greater Manchester Police has now launched an investigation, which could result in disciplinary action against blundering officers.‘Could’…?
But the statement from the police seems a little economical with the truth:
'A fingerprint taken from a greeting card was mistakenly labelled as coming from a games console box, which led to the woman being charged,' said Asst Chief Con Ian Seabridge.And how did this mistake come to light, officer?
'As soon as this mistake came to light, all charges against the woman were dropped.
Was it when her solicitor insisted on a recount, correctly surmising that your
Well, no. Asst Chief Con Seabridge reckons it was down to their own procedures:
'It was discovered as part of the preparation for the court case when all evidence is rigorously scrutinised.Mmmm, sure it was. Suuure it was…
'The detailed checks and balances we always carry out ensured an innocent woman was not put through further distress.
'This kind of error is extremely rare and unacceptable and we are, of course, sorry that the woman was put into this dreadful situation.'
After all, they can't both be right. Someone’s spinning the truth about how this ghastly error came to light, aren’t they?