John ‘Goldfinger’ Palmer murder probe ‘challenging’
2 July 2015
From the section Essex
Police have been accused of bungling the probe into the murder of John “Goldfinger” Palmer
A week-long delay in realising a notorious criminal had been murdered has left police with a “challenging” crime scene, a senior detective said.
Paramedics were called to John “Goldfinger” Palmer’s home in South Weald, Essex to reports he was in cardiac arrest on 24 June.
But a post-mortem examination on 30 June revealed the 64-year-old convicted conman had been shot in the chest.
Essex Police refused to comment on claims the case had been “bungled”.
Det Ch Insp Simon Werrett, who is leading the murder investigation, said his priority was to find whoever was responsible and he would not respond to allegations made by a former Metropolitan Police chief that the force had been “utterly incompetent”.
John O’Connor told The Sun: “It’s one of the most terrible mistakes in policing I’ve ever heard of.”
When asked if the crime scene had been compromised because of the delay in starting the murder investigation, Det Ch Insp Werrett said it was “challenging”.
“However, we do have a crime scene and we’re deploying our specialist forensic and search officers around that crime scene,” he said.
Palmer was found dead at a property in Sandpit Lane
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