A paedophile who filmed himself raping a two-year-old woman was uncovered by footage of his palms.
Jeremy Oketch’s horrific video didn’t present his face, however consultants had been capable of verify his id by painstaking comparability between images of his palms taken whereas in custody and people in the abuse video.
Officers investigating the sickening crime strongly believed Oketch, 33, from Manchester, had dedicated the sickening crime. However they didn’t have sufficient proof to persuade a jury past all affordable doubt as a result of his face was not proven on the video.
Detective Chief Inspector Colin Lark offered Dame Professor Black, who was working at the College of Dundee’s Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at the time, with images taken of Oketch’s palms in custody to check to these seen in the video.
Talking in the BBC documentary, The Palms That Convicted a Paedophile, Det Chief Insp Larkin stated it was a few of the most harrowing footage he had ever seen.
Det Chief Insp Larkin stated: “It confirmed a weak youngster, and it made my coronary heart break. “I knew in my coronary heart of hearts that I had the proper man. However in the footage I couldn’t see the offender’s face, solely a torso.
“It’s very irritating know that I’ve acquired the proper man however figuring out that I don’t have sufficient proof at this stage to persuade a jury past all affordable doubt.”
However due to the assist of esteemed forensic anthropologist, Dame Professor Sue Black, who’s an expert in the identification of individuals’s options, sufficient proof was secured to carry Oketch to justice.
She stated: “All the comparability is finished by eye.“It’s a spot the distinction sort comparability, that recreation you used to play as a youngster.”
These matches would then need to be independently verified. Oketch was subsequently jailed for 15 years after he admitted rape and different offences.