A lengthy, expensive, and controversial investigation ensued, during which colin stagg was charged and acquitted before the case went cold in 2002, with more advanced and refined forensic techniques available, scotland yard reopened the case, and on 18 december 2008, robert napper pleaded guilty to nickell's manslaughter on the grounds of. Unemployed colin stagg, who lived nearby, was arrested and charged with nickell's murder, based on the theories offered by a criminal profiler, but no forensic evidence. The case against colin stagg will go down in english legal history as the first in which the central line of inquiry was, in the words of the prosecution counsel, 'controlled and interpreted at. Alison, laurence and canter, david v (2005) rhetorical shaping in an undercover operation: the investigation of colin stagg in the rachel nickell murder enquiry in: forensic psychologists casebook: psychological profiling and criminal investigation.
The murder of rachel jane nickell took place on 15 july 1992, on wimbledon common, south-west london, and resulted in a highly publicised and controversial investigation nickell was walking with her son on wimbledon common when she was brutally stabbed and sexually assaulted. A record on a police intelligence system in 2002 said napper confessed to killing rachel nickell while he was detained in broadmoor in 1997 or 1998 he pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility in december 2008 colin stagg was cleared of her murder by the old bailey in 1994, after spending 13 months on remand. Also, barry george was questioned about rachel nickell's murder (before the police became fixated on colin stagg.
Colin stagg, who was falsely accused of the murder of rachel nickell, talks about his harrowing ordeal 25 years on broadcast on 12/07/17 like, follow and subscribe to lorraine. Rachel jane nickell (23 november 1968 - 15 july 1992) was a british woman who was murdered on wimbledon common, in south-west london on 15 july 1992 the subsequent initial police investigation of the crime resulted the arrest in controversial circumstances of an innocent man, who was subsequently acquitted. A man called colin stagg was wrongly accused of her killing and a judge criticised the police investigation which deployed a honey trap in 2008 a man called robert napper pleaded guilty to. Happy at last: colin stagg was once the prime suspect in the horrific murder of mum rachel [pa] colin stagg, the victim of a botched police honeytrap, will wed long-term girlfriend terri marchant next year.
Scotland yard offered a full apology to the man wrongly accused of murdering rachel nickell for the first time today colin stagg became the most hated man in britain when he was named as the. Rachel nickell murder case rachel nickell, born 23 november 1968, was the victim of a sexual assault and murder on wimbledon common on 15 july 1992she was stabbed 49 times the case became the subject of the notorious prosecution of colin stagg, who was acquitted. During the covert operation stagg never admitted to murdering rachel nickell however, britton was confident about stagg's guilt and received an advice from crown prosecution service's lawyers once again britton's role went beyond making predictions and suggestions about most possible characteristics of the suspect (ainsworth 2001, holmes and holmes 1996.
Colin stagg, 54, from south west london, was the prime suspect over a horrific knife attack of the 23-year-old mother on wimbledon common 25 years ago, but was cleared of all guilt. The man wrongly accused of rachel nickell's murder attacked scotland yard today over its refusal to compensate her son colin stagg accused police chiefs of having no shame after they decided. Di keith pedder, fresh from the flying squad, headed up the investigation after months of painstaking research, one chief suspect emerged: colin stagg, a loner who lived near the scene of the crime but no evidence could be linked to him, so di pedder engineered a classic 'honeytrap' plot in the shape of a young policewoman. Stagg charged with rachel nickell's murder the next day, just over a year after rachel's death, colin francis stagg was officially charged with the murder of rachel nickell the murder squad at scotland yard was ecstatic with the capture. London (reuters) - robert napper admitted the manslaughter of rachel nickell on thursday, ending a long and highly-criticised police investigation the probe led to the arrest and charging of.
Assistant metropolitan police commissioner john yates makes a statement apologising to colin stagg outside the old bailey in london, after convicted sex killer robert napper pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of rachel nickell picture: ian nicholson/pa. Scotland yard reopens the nickell murder investigation, appointing a new team to re-interview witnesses and look in detail at the case some police officer, many in the media, and andre handscombe, nickell's widower, continue to believe that stagg is guilty. Miss nickell, 23, was stabbed 49 times at the south london beauty spot in a ferocious attack witnessed by her two-year-old son alex police became convinced local loner colin stagg was the killer and relied too heavily on a profiler during the inquiry napper was questioned about the killing in december 1995 but denied involvement. Colin stagg was formally aquitted in september 1994 the case was shelved until 2002 when there was a cold case review of rachel nickell's murder recent dna testing had come into being and so was used on traces that had been found on rachel.
An innocent man who stood trial for the murder of rachel nickell has spent every penny of the compensation he was awarded for being wrongly accused, it has been reported colin stagg spent 13. The boyfriend of rachel nickell has written an amazing apology to colin stagg, who was wrongly charged with her murder in 1993 andre hanscombe has said he's sorry for believing mr stagg was. Colin stagg was tried and acquitted for the 1992 murder of rachel nickell in september 1994 so, technically, we cannot say this was a miscarriage, but if the police had been successful in their attempts to convict him, it certainly would have been.
July 15, 1992: rachel nickell was walking through wimbledon common with boyfriend andré hanscombe and their two-year-old son when she was attacked august: the met police question 32 men in connection with the murder but focus their investigation on colin stagg who was known to walk his dog in the park. Colin stagg bought his title and a tiny plot of land for £30 he has also changed his name so his passport now reads lord colin francis stagg last week, colin told how he had spent the £750,000 compensation he got for being held in prison for rachel's 1992 murder on wimbledon common. Pariah: colin stagg for reasons no doubt to do with my own prejudices, i was prepared for this book to be - not to put too fine a point on it - a somewhat self-absorbed whinge on the part of a very ordinary man shot by quirk of fate into his 15 minutes of fame via rachel nickell's murder.