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On 12th July, 2002 Jong Ok Shin a Korean language student was brutally murdered while living in Bournemouth. A local drug addicted man, Omar Benguit was quickly identified as the prime suspect. 

But shortly after, it would emerge that at the time of Ms Shin's death, a man that had committed two murders, was living just streets away. 


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R v Omar Benguit [2014] EWCA Crim 690

Tom Rawstorne, “A body in an Italian church, locks of stolen hair... and a chilling link to this British mother's murder” in The Daily Mail (1 April 2010) 

“Man with fetish for cutting women's hair 'murdered and mutilated mother-of-two'” in The Daily Mail (17 May 2011) 

Jane Reader, “Killer Danilo Restivo fighting plans to deport him to Italy by claiming right to family” in The Bournemouth Daily Echo (19 February 2014) 

Paula Roberts and Andy Martin, “Heather Barnett jury told of 'deliberate false alibi' by Danilo Restivo” in The Bournemouth Daily Echo (18 May 2011) 

Paula Roberts, “Law chiefs to discuss Omar Benguit's bid for freedom” in The Bournemouth Daily Echo (7 September 2012) 

Tobias Jones, “Danilo Restivo's murder conviction is just the tip of the iceberg” in The Guardian (29 June 2011) 

Steven Morris, “How Damilo Restivo was caught” in The Guardian (29 June 2011) 

Paula Roberts, “Student's killer's case reviewed as Danilo Restivo is made a suspect” in The Bournemouth Daily Echo (25 February 2012)

Andy Martin, “Restivo jury hears DNA evidence” in The Bournemouth Daily Echo (16 June 2011) 

“Portsmouth 'Making a Murderer' innocence project working to clear killer Omar Benguit's name” in The Portsmouth News (18 February 2016) 

Alex Forsythe, “'Hair-in-hand' killer Danilo Restivo in appeal” from (10 October 2012) 

“Convicted murderer Omar Benguit waiting on appeal decision” in The Southern Daily Echo (25 March 2014) 

Marika Henneberg, “Lost in the system: The case of Omar Benguit” from (16 January 2017) 

Marika Henneberg, “Omar Benguit: 'I would rather die than admit to something I haven't done” from (19 November 2015) 

Bronagh Munro, “Unmaking a murderer: After 16 years in prison, could Omar Benguit clear his name?” from (5 July 2018) 

Tobais Jones, Blood on the Altar: In search of a serial killer (London: Faber and Faber, 2012) available here (

BBC3 – Unsolved: The man with no Alibi available here:

Clips of Jeremy Kyle interview here:



Murder of Jong Ok Shin

Danilo Restivo:

History of Bournemouth -

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