16 years later and the Met have finally and admitted their mistakes by apologising to Colin Stagg after they wrongly took him to court over the murder of Rachel Nickell. Didnâ€™t take too long then, did it?!
Paul Britton, the forensic profiler, that falsely led the police to believe Staggâ€™s guilt has yet to apologise. Heâ€™s probably still sucking on lemons, or spending the nice pay packet he got out of the case.
Maybe he should have used his psychological powers to realise that the police might possibly run with his offender profile because of the severe pressure they were facing to find the criminal.
Offender profiling is somewhat flawed and the profile produced can often lead to the police ignoring other possible subjects that donâ€™t fit the invented character.
Perhaps this is why the Met failed to become suspicious after Robert Napper, the real rapist and suspect at the time, missed his blood test. It was only weeks later that they eliminated him from the investigation because he didnâ€™t fit the 5ft 7in description of the real rapist.
Obviously offender profiling has, in some cases, been successful. But in this case a whole lot of people were wrongâ€¦ Including some of the media personnel.
Itâ€™s a good job the judge in Staggâ€™s court case had some sense and realised there was lack of hard evidence available to convict.
I thought the whole story was an interesting read - I particularly liked this. Stagg's on TV tonight on BBC One at 10.35pm, despite the fact he said he'd never have anything to do with the media again.