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Wednesday, 27 March, 2002, 11:34 GMT
No DNA link to docks murder
The scene of Lynette White's murder in Cardiff 1988
Lynette White was killed 14 years ago in Cardiff
The last of five men cleared with the murder of a prostitute in Cardiff 14 years ago, has been told his DNA profile does not match that of the killer, South Wales Police have confirmed.

All five volunteered to be tested as police launched a new operation to obtain swab samples from 5,000 men in Cardiff.

Lynette White died in 1988
Lynette White was murdered in 1988

Yusef Abdullahi, Tony Paris, Steve Miller, John Actie and Ronald Actie have now all been told their DNA does not match that found at the murder scene.

Lynette White's mutilated body was found in her flat above a betting shop in Butetown, Cardiff, on Valentine's Day in 1988.

The 20-year-old had suffered multiple stab wounds.

Mr Abdullahi, Mr Paris and Mr Miller - who became known as the Cardiff Three - were convicted of Miss White's murder in November 1990, but released on appeal in December 1992.

John Actie and Ronald Actie were cleared of murder by a jury at a trial in Swansea.

"The inquiry team have now received the results from all the DNA samples provided voluntarily by the five men previously charges with the murder," said a South Wales Police spokesperson.

"None of those samples match the DNA profiles obtained from the scene of the murder.

"The investigation team is continuing to make progress and it is important to identify that DNA is only one line of inquiry within a number of avenues pursued to identify the offender."

Unsolved murder

Detectives reopened the case into the murder of 20-year-old Ms White in January this year.

No arrests have been made since the Cardiff Three trial, although police have built up a profile of her killer.

Anthony Paris
Anthony Paris offered detectives a DNA sample

The South Wales force - who have 20 officers working on the inquiry - said a number of people have already contacted them offering to provide a DNA sample following their appeal.

Officers are now trawling through a database of 5,000 people previously close to the inquiry.

The reopening of the Lynette White investigation was announced after South Wales Police announced a review of all unsolved murder cases.

The idea was to review them using modern DNA technology.

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