Forensic expert ‘certain’ car on CCTV belonged to Sheffield man accused of murder

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A forensic expert has analysed CCTV footage which claims to show the belonging to the man accused of murdering Simon Holdsworth pulling up outside his house – half an hour later than he told police he arrived home.

The car had a ‘unique’ appearance because of problems with its headlights.

Shaun Wainwright is on trial for the murder of his workmate Simon Holdsworth.

Wainwright is alleged to have lain in wait for Mr Holdsworth as he walked home from work and killed him with a blunt weapon on playing fields in Hackenthorpe on December 16, 2013.

Both Wainwright and Mr Holdsworth worked at FBS Prestige in Sheffield and had been working on the same shift on night of the killing.

He initially told police he had driven home straight from work on the night of Simon’s murder, which happened around 11.15pm, and arrived there at 11.05pm.

But CCTV footage was later uncovered which showed a vehicle pulling up outside Wainwright’s house on Dagnam Road, Arbourthorne, at 11.37pm and the driver getting out and going into his property.

Forensic expert Andrew Wooler told the jury today he was ‘certain’ the car shown on the CCTV images was that of Wainwright’s because of problems with its front headlights which made its appearance ‘unique’.

Mr Wooler also said it was ‘practically impossible’ that CCTV footage of a car passing along other nearby roads shortly beforehand could be of a different vehicle with the same headlight issues.

But he also told the jury he had been unable to analyse footage of a car caught on by cameras at Rainbow Forge School around the time of the murder as the quality of the images from a distance were not clear enough.

Wainwright, 46, denies murder.

The trial continues.