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Timeline: Lynette White's murder

Lynette White
Mark Grommek had lived in a flat above which Lynette White was killed

14 February 1988: 20-year-old prostitute Lynette White is found stabbed more than 50 times in a flat in the red light district of Cardiff Docklands.

November 1988: Five local men are arrested and go on trial in 1989. But the judge died unexpectedly during the case and a second trial had to be scheduled.

June 1990: At this second trial, two of the men were cleared but three - Stephen Miller, Yusef Abdullahi and Tony Paris - were found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.

1992: The Court of Appeal rules that a gross miscarriage of justice had taken place and the Cardiff Three have their conviction quashed and are freed. Delivering his ruling Lord Justice Taylor criticises police officers for the way they interviewed Stephen Miller.

September 2000: A new inquiry into the murder is launched by South Wales Police.

January 2002: Police announce they have built up a genetic profile of the killer and the five men originally charged all give DNA samples - none matched the profile.

Officers then find a partial match with a youth who was not born when the killing took place. Testing of the 14-year-old's family finds a close relative whose DNA matches that of DNA found at the murder scene. The relative's name is Jeffrey Gafoor.

Steve Miller, Yusef Abdullahi and Tony Paris on release from prison
The Cardiff Three were victims of a miscarriage of justice

February 2003: Gafoor, a security guard from Llanharan, near Bridgend, is arrested by police.

July 2003: Gafoor is jailed for life after pleading guilty to murdering Ms White. His defence barrister John Charles Rees demands a public inquiry into the earlier investigation.

November 2004: South Wales Police supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) begins an inquiry to establish what went wrong with the original investigation into the murder.

April-November 2005: Several serving and former police officers are arrested and questioned on suspicion of false imprisonment, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and misconduct in public office.

November 2006: 23 people remain on police bail in connection with the investigation, including 15 retired or serving officers.

February 2007: Trial witnesses Mark Grommek, Angela Psaila and Leanne Vilday are charged with perjury. A number of people remain on bail pending further inquiries.

October 2008: Mark Grommek, who lived above the flat in which Ms White was murdered, initially pleads not guilty to the charge at his trial but changes his plea to guilty. Angela Psaila and Leanne Vilday's pleas of guilty are also recorded.

December 2008: Mark Grommek, Angela Psaila and Leanne Vilday are each sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.

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