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 ALAN CHARLTON

 


Name:

Alan Charlton

AKA:

Body in a Carpet murder

D.O.B.

 
Kill Total:  

Kill date:

July 1981

Kill Place:

Swansea, Wales

Status:

 

Occupation:

 

Victim:

Karen Price
D.O.B. 1966

 


 

Court:

Cardiff Crowm
Case No:  

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FACTFILE


July 1981, 15-year-old Karen price ran away from  her children's home.

 

1989, Karen' Price's body was found, it was discovered by two builders who were digging up land behind a house.

The body had been wrapped in a carpet. it was little more than a skeleton and some rotten clothing. Various tests on her teeth and an analysis of her physical attributes gave the police clues as to her age, height and race. From the evidence of insect life in the remains and the soil surrounding it, and the evidence of the clothes she was wearing, the time of death could be placed as between 1981 and 1984, and it also showed that the body had not been buried immediately after death.
Richard Neave of the University of Manchester reconstructed the girl's face using the skull. From this she was recognised, and DNA profiling and dental records proved this.

The model was shown on the television programme Crimewatch UK in the hope that it would bring further evidence to light.

 

Idris Ali recognised her, and was persuaded by friends to phone in and give evidence. It came to light that Ali was Karen's small time pimp, and that Charlton was a client. Charlton had killed her after she refused to pose for pornographic photographs.
 

1991, Charlton was sentenced to life imprisonment, whilst Ali, who was under age at the time of the murder, and didn't play as great a part as Charlton was convicted of manslaughter, and ordered to be detained at Her Majesty's pleasure, Ali had pleaded guilty.
 

1994, Ali released from custody.

 

March 2016, an appeal launched by the Criminal Cases review commission, stated that the convictions of Charlton and Ali may be unsafe, this was taken to the high court, to have their convictions quashed, the appeal was rejected.

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