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Farrow's DNA found on Betty's hand
3:29pm Wednesday 10th October 2012 in Local
STEPHEN Farrow’s DNA was found on the back of Betty Yates’ hand, a court heard.
A "full DNA profile" of Farrow, 48, was found on a swab taken from Mrs Yates's left hand following the discovery of her body.
The 77-year-old was found stabbed to death in her cottage, in Bewdley, on January 4, having been killed two days earlier.
Farrow, of no fixed address, claims he saw Mrs Yates on December 30 but Bristol Crown Court heard the location where the DNA sample was found would make it "extremely rare" to get such a strong profile days later.
Forensic Scientist Christopher McKenzie told the jury: "The DNA profile obtained showed a mixture of DNA from two people which matched the corresponding DNA profiles of Mrs Yates and Stephen Farrow.
"We found that it is a billion times more likely to have come from Betty Yates and Stephen Farrow than from Betty Yates and someone other than Stephen Farrow."
Farrow was not present to hear the evidence having declined to come to court.