Police knew of DNA bungle in Maria James murder case for three months before family told

Police knew of DNA bungle in Maria James murder case for three months before family told:

Police say they waited three months to tell the family of murder victim Maria James they had bungled crucial DNA information in their mother’s cold case.

Victoria Police Acting Chief Commissioner Shane Patton revealed investigators became aware in April that a bloodied pillowslip from a separate crime scene had been mixed with evidence in Maria James’ murder.

The DNA had been used to rule out a series of suspects in the 37-year-old case, including paedophile priest Father Anthony Bongiorno.

Police only informed Maria James’ sons of the bungle on Tuesday night, prior to the release of the information in the ABC’s Trace podcast.

H/t reader kevin a. 

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