The murder of Sarah Payne was a major/high profile murder case in Kingston gorse, west Sussex.

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Induction Exercise The murder of Sarah Payne The murder of Sarah Payne was a major/high profile murder case in Kingston gorse, west Sussex. The victim was last seen on 1st July 2000. She was murdered by a car mechanic Roy William Whiting. There was forensic evidence left at various scenes/ places (van, shoe, sweatshirt, clown curtain, hair and other fibers') that was found within two months of Sarah Payne being reported gone. Eventually the case was solved and Roy William Whiting was convicted to abduction/murder and was given life imprisonment. Sarah Payne, born on the 13th October 1992 was only eight when she was violently assaulted and murdered. Her family described her disappearance at "just pure horror"(murder uk). This shows that Sarah Payne was loved very much by her family and the memories of her will never be forgotten. Sarah Payne disappeared on the 1st July from a cornfield near the home of her grandparents in Kingston Close, west Sussex, England. Sarah had been playing with her brothers and sister only a few minutes away from her grandparent's home. A nationwide search was underway within 48 hours and by then her parents had already made television appeals for her safe return. It was only later that month on the 17th July that a farmer reported to the police that he had found a body in a field near Pulborough, which was 15 miles away from the village of the disappearance of Sarah Payne.

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The son of George Whiting, a sheet metal worker and his wife, Pamela, a former cook, he grew up in the Langley Green area of Crawley with his brother, Peter, and sister, Gillian. As a teenager, Whiting struggled at school, leaving on his 16th birthday with no qualifications.On 4th March 1995; Whiting abducted and sexually assaulted a girl of only eight years old on the Langley Green estate in Crawley. He was arrested a few weeks later after a man who knew Whiting came forward after he heard that the abductor's car had been a red Ford Sierra. Three months later Whiting admitted the he did abduct and assaulted the girl and was sentenced to four years in prison. Whiting was released from prison in November 1997 and had only served 2 years and 5 months of his four year sentence. Whiting was one of the first people in Britain to go on the sex offenders' register. Whiting, knowing that he would not be welcome back in Crawley, moved some 25 miles (40 km) away to Little Hampton on the West Sussex coast, where he rented a flat in St Augustine's Road. Two years later he moved into another flat in the same road. On 2 July 2000 officers from Sussex Police visited his flat making inquiries into the disappearance of Sarah Payne.

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One of those many fibers was matching the red sweatshirt and a pair of Whitings socks. The second clump of hair had fibers matching the sweatshirt, socks, and one other fiber from the passenger's seat on Whitings van. All of this was enough evidence to go to court. In conclusion to the above information that I have researched and summarized to you I think that the case was solved very quickly and calmly. If it was not for to our fantastic forensic team the case wouldn't have been solved so promptly. Roy whiting should have been more careful about where and what he did with the items he had of Sarah Payne's. He deserved everything he had coming to him and I hope he has to do his full sentence in prison. Personally I think he should never been released after the first time he went into prison. I have obtained my information about the murder of Sarah Payne from the following websites: * Murder in the uk. (2001). Child Killer . Available: http://www.murderuk.com/child_killers_roy_whiting.html. Last accessed 10/09/2007. * Karen McVeigh and Dan McDougall. (Thurs 13th dec 2001). Hidden history of sex assaults. Available: http://news.scotsman.com/topics.cfm?tid=29&id=1647052001. Last accessed 11/09/2007. * The Forensic science service. (2001). Sarah payne-fibers evidence convicts a child killer. Available: http://www.forensic.gov.uk/forensic_t/inside/news/list_casefiles.php?case=7. Last accessed 10/09/2007. * n/a. (2002). Sarah Payne's killer attacked in jail. Available: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/2173893.stm. Last accessed 10/09/2007. Chris Bennellick

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