A HANDPRINT lifted from a crime scene has helped bring a robber to justice—five years after the offence.
New forensic techniques allowed police officers to successfully identify the palmprint as belonging to Conisbrough man Craig Grimshaw (24).
He grabbed a man from behind and dragged him down a slope towards a subway before attacking him and taking his wallet and phone off Balby Road, Doncaster.
The victim was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary with injuries to his face, knee and elbow. Efforts to find his attacker at the time fell short.
But evidence collected after the July 2005 incident was kept and forensic research capabilities have improved since.
Det Con Neil Turner said: “This is a great result, which shows how forensics have developed over the last few years.
“Without the palm print, we would not have been able to identify the man responsible.”
Grimshaw, of Barnsley Avenue, admitted robbery at Doncaster Crown Court. He was bailed to be sentenced at a date to be fixed.