Sightings of Sami in October 2009
AW was a prosecution witness. When she made her first statement to the police on 7 February 2010, she quite clearly recalled seeing Sami and Mark on 1 October 2009:
“On 30 September 2009 I went to a residential course in Coventry… At around 15:30 on 1 October 2009 I travelled home with my colleague… I had to walk past Sami’s house. It was a nice sunny day… I saw Sam and Mark at the rear of the house… They seemed fine, they were working together. We had a bit of a joke about my sunglasses”
6 weeks later, on 18 March 2010, she was asked to ‘reconsider’ her account by uniformed officers, clearly because it didn’t suit the narrative they were constructing. Two of her neighbours were ex-policemen who retained contacts within Thames Valley police and who had themselves referred the case for investigation. AW changed her statement as a result. When examined on this point at trial she admitted that she wouldn’t have reconsidered the date at all had it not been for their request. She felt that her initial statement was probably more accurate.
It was sunny on both of the days she mentions in her statements, 1 October being an unusually warm day for that time of year according to Met Office reports. You can see copies of her two accounts below and judge for yourselves (names have been removed to protect the identity of those involved).AW