Forensic Hope for Saudi Nurses

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Lawyers representing two British nurses facing the death penalty in Saudi Arabia said yesterday they have "dramatic" new evidence which will prove that they are not the murderers of a fellow nurse.

The new evidence, which has been given to lawyers in Saudi Arabia, includes statements from experts in forensic medicine, psychiatry and psychology which the defence team claims will destroy the case against the women.

Defence lawyers said they will want to know why the knife with which Lucille McLauchlan (pictured left) and Deborah Parry (right) were supposed to have stabbed Yvonne Gilford 13 times contained no traces of blood. Details of the new aggressive approach by the defence were unveiled yesterday at a press conference in Glasgow. Earlier, hopes were raised when Frank Gilford, the brother of Yvonne and the man who can ask for the death penalty to be commuted if the nurses are found guilty, said in a newspaper interview that he had never sought capital punishment for the Britons. …