Second-trial killer gets life

The first person to face a murder retrial following the discovery of new forensic evidence was today jailed for life.

Odd-job man Mark Weston, 35, was originally cleared of battering mother-of-two Vikki Thompson near her home in the Cotswold village of Ascott-

under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire in 1995.

But after the so-called "double jeopardy" rule was removed in 2005, Weston was found guilty in a second trial at Reading Crown Court today.

Jailing Weston for a minimum period of 13 years, Judge Mr Justice David Bean said: "It has taken 15 years for justice to catch up with you, but

it has done so at last today."

Vikki, 30, was found bludgeoned near a railway line after her dog returned home alone from a country walk. She died in hospital six days after the savage attack.

Small amounts of Vikki's blood, missed during the initial investigation, were discovered on a pair of Weston's boots when Thames Valley Police reopened the case.