Cow's DNA seals conviction of cattle thief in groundbreaking case

Detectives used a blood sample from the 3,000 heifer to prove that it was a relation of cows in a nearby field

 

By Phoebe Southworth, The Telegraph (UK)

5 February 2020

 

A cow's DNA has been used as evidence by police for the first time to solve a mysterious theft, as a farmer admitted stealing his neighbour's cattle.

 

Detectives from Dyfed-Powys Police in Wales obtained a warrant to take a blood sample from the 3,000 heifer to prove that it was a relation of cows in a nearby field.

 

David Aeron Owens, 51, had claimed the cow belonged to him, producing a fake animal passport and tampering with its ear tag to support his claims.

 

But the damning forensic evidence gathered during a groundbreaking two-year investigation saw his lies unravel and he pleaded guilty to theft at Swansea Crown Court on Monday...

 

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