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Old 15-01-2013, 04:11 PM   #42
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Billie-Jo Margaret Jenkins (29 March 1983 – 15 February 1997) was an English girl who was murdered at the age of 13. The case gained widespread media attention and remains unsolved to this day..Billie-Jo was brought up in east London. Her birth father, Bill Jenkins, was imprisoned and her mother was unable to cope on her own, so Billie-Jo was placed in foster care from the age of nine with an unrelated family, Siôn and Lois Jenkins, coincidentally having the same surname. She moved with the family to Hastings on the East Sussex coast, where she attended Helenswood School...It takes girls from age 11 to age 16, and there is a separate Sixth form which is shared with William Parker School, a local boys' school..
Noted Hastings Grammar School alumni..

Michael Jabez Foster, Labour MP for Hastings and Rye from 1997-2010
Sir David Penry-Davey, judge at the High Court of Justice since 1997
Paddy Tomkins, Chief Constable from 2002-7 of Lothian and Borders Police
Simon Fuller, Manager of The Spice Girls and David Beckham; creator of "Pop Idol
Gareth Barry, England and Manchester City football player
Shwan Jalal, Bournemouth football player
Sion Jenkins, former deputy head
On 15 February 1997 Billie-Jo was battered over the head with an iron TenT peg, while painting patio doors at the family home in Hastings, East Sussex. She was alone in the garden. The family were out.Siôn Jenkins has always denied killing her. He told police that he found her in a pool of blood on the patio when he returned from a shopping trip with two of his daughters, Annie and Charlotte ("Lottie")..
The police charged Siôn Jenkins with the murder and he was convicted in July 1998. Investigative journalist Bob Woffinden believed that it was a miscarriage of justice. An appeal in 1999 failed, but a second appeal in August 2004 was successful: the Court of Appeal quashed his original conviction as unsafe and ordered a retrial, with Jenkins being released on bail.An article by Bob Woffinden in The Daily Mail of October 9, 2004 - Is The Coughing Major Innocent?, drew attention to a possible miscarriage of justice in the case of 3 people convicted for cheating their way to the top prize on the UK version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

At the retrial, some experts stated that the 158 blood spots could have come from Billie-Jo's airways as Jenkins tended to Billie-Jo. The jury was unable to come to a majority verdict after 39 hours of deliberating. A second retrial was likewise unable to reach a majority verdict, and at the Old Bailey in London, on 9 February 2006 Siôn Jenkins was officially declared not guilty. The Crown Prosecution Service indicated that no further retrials of Jenkins would be sought, and he was formally acquitted...

The police investigation, trials and appeals are estimated to have cost £10m. Seven hundred witness statements were taken by the police, jurors spent 36 days deliberating in three trials, and Jenkins spent 11 days in the witness box giving evidence..

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