"I have real sympathy for all those with concerns that any move could undermine a system that helped trap Sally Anne’s killer. And I want to reassure Sally Anne’s father that I will not let that happen."
This misrepresents the salience of the Bowman case for the European Court's ruling in two ways:
- Dixie was arrested after a pub brawl and his DNA was matched to a sample retrieved from Bowman's body. Nobody is suggesting that crime scene samples should be destroyed.
- Dixie had previously been convicted several times for violent and sexual offences. Nobody is suggesting that DNA profiles should not be retained for those convicted of these serious crimes.
Perhaps the Statistics Authority should have to vet government press releases in the same way they now have to approve government statistics.