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Pfennig challenges DNA evidence

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November 15, 2017

Defence counsel Paul Charman (left) says Dieter Pfennig's DNA may have been innocently transferred.

Child killer Dieter Pfennig is arguing against the reliability of DNA evidence presented in his trial in an appeal against his conviction for the murder of Adelaide schoolgirl Louise Bell.

The 10-year-old went missing from her parents' home in 1983 and while she is presumed dead her body has never been found.

Pfennig was arrested in 2013 when DNA scientists in the Netherlands linked him to the dead girl's pyjama top, which was found folded on a neighbour's lawn not long after she went missing.

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