Waseem Mirza was convicted of murdering Christine Askey at her home in Preston, Lancashire, in January 2001.
The prosecution’s case appeared strong. Mr Mirza’s semen was found on Ms Askey’s top and saliva was found on a cigarette butt. Mr Mirza’s claim is that he visited the victim’s house where he shared a cigarette with her and received oral sex; this would explain and semen and saliva found.
There was evidence of other men having been in the victim’s house, including male hairs found in the bath, male saliva found on a glass and unidentified semen found on a shirt.
The victim’s injuries had in all probability been caused by a right-handed person. Mr Mirza is naturally left-handed and has previously sustained injuries to his right hand which would have made it difficult for him to inflict the injuries found on the victim.
Mr Mirza claims that he has an alibi for the time the murder was committed as he was at home with his mother, sister and girlfriend.
Since Mr Mirza’s conviction, an unsigned letter was sent from India to a local newspaper in which the anonymous writer confessed to the murder.
The University of Gloucestershire Innocence Project made its submission to the Criminal Cases Review Commission on behalf of Mr Mirza in July 2012.