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26/11/01
Murderer trapped by dog's DNA

EARLIER THIS week, legal history was made when the DNA from a dog helped to convict a murderer.

Colonel, a Pit Bull Terrier, was used in an attack outside a south London night club when bouncers ejected Spencer Sheppard.

Colonel was cut in the attack and blood from an ear wound led to the home of his owner, Spencer Sheppard.

John Bevan QC, prosecuting, said Sheppard was enraged when George Napier removed him from the Paradise Bar in New Cross, south east London.

An hour later, Sheppard returned with his brother, two other men and the Pit Bull Terrier. In the ensuing fight, one of the men, Duane Daniels, fatally stabbed Mr Napier.