A pair of gloves found in a hedgerow near to the scene of Simon Holdsworth’s murder had a ‘one in a billion’ DNA match to his colleague Shaun Wainwright, a court heard.
The gloves were found by police on January 15, 2014 - almost one month after Mr Holdsworth was beaten to death with a blunt weapon on playing fields near Rainbow Forge Primary School in Hackenthorpe on December 16, 2013.
The prosecution allege Wainwright lay in wait for his colleague and carried out the attack as Mr Holdsworth walked home from work.
Teesside Crown Court heard that the gloves were found a day after Wainwright’s arrest on January 14, 2014.
The court has previously heard Wainwright, 46, of Dagnam Road, Arbourthorne, visited the murder scene on several occasions after Mr Holdsworth was killed. The pair had both worked together at FBS Prestige on Birley Vale Avenue.
Forensic scientist Samantha Warna said the DNA match to Wainwright was ‘one in one billion’ and the findings were consistent with him having worn the gloves at some point.
There was no trace of any blood on the gloves.
The court heard Wainwright’s car and home were also examined after his arrest, with no blood matching that of Mr Holdsworth’s found in either location.
Miss Warna said her examinations also suggested Wainwright’s DNA ‘may have been present’ on Mr Holdsworth’s left trainer.
She said it was her opinion Mr Holdsworth, who was 36, had been struck with a weapon when the hood of his coat was down.
Miss Warna said the hood had been pulled up and when Mr Holdsworth’s body was found had been ‘filled with blood’.
She said it appeared Mr Holdsworth’s had fallen face down after being attacked and then been ‘turned over’.
A gold chain was taken from around Mr Holdsworth’s neck by the attacker and Miss Warna said the lack of blood on the gloves said this suggested they were not being worn while this was done.
Miss Warna said there are a number of factors that made the use of DNA evidence difficult in this case, including the nature of the attack making it likely there would be a ‘low’ level of blood ending up on the killer’s clothing.
She said: “Given the low expectation of blood transfer from Simon Holdsworth to his attacker, the uncertainty surrounding what Shaun Wainwright was wearing on the night of the incident and the time between the incident and Shaun Wainwright’s arrest, they do not assist with progressing the issue of whether or not Shaun Wainwright injured Simon Holdsworth.”
Miss Warna said it would have been possible for Mr Holdsworth’s killer to wash blood off of clothing and clean their car, as well as wiping blood off themselves before leaving the scene in a vehicle.
The court also heard evidence that Wainwright was said to have previously carried a makeshift ‘weapon’ in his car
Daniel Day, who worked with Wainwright at Pennine Foods in Waterthorpe before the defendant was sacked in 2013, said he had witnessed a ‘heated argument’ between Wainwright and another worker called Scott Clarke in late 2012.
Mr Day said when Wainwright gave him a lift home after work that day he had ‘sounded angry’ and ‘been wound-up and upset’.
He said at one stage Wainwright then pulled out a ‘weapon’ while they were both still in his car.
Mr Day initially said he could not remember precise details about the weapon but was allowed to re-read a witness statement he had given to police last summer.
He then told the jury the weapon had been around 14 inches long, the width of a wrist and had a ‘makeshift handle’.
Another Pennine Foods worker Mark Hunt also told the court about a different incident involving Wainwright.
He said that in spring 2013 around two weeks after Wainwright had been sacked for reasons he did not know, he saw him close to the Pennine Foods building at around 9.15pm at night.
Mr Hunt said he seemed to be waiting close to the factory and when he spoke to him, Wainwright ‘didn’t seem very happy’.
He said Wainwright had said ‘I’m going to get him’ and ‘Wait until I get hold of him’.
Mr Hunt said Wainwright had spoken in a ‘matter-of-fact’ tone and he did not know who he was referring to.