There was a particularly brutal double murder in south London. The victims were two young French men. I believe they were postgraduate students, only here for possibly a year or a short time. They were attacked in the home of one of them in south London and they were tied up, they were tortured. The two attackers were after their cash card PIN numbers and one of the victims was subjected to a rather extraordinary level of violence. He was attacked by a knife -- they were both attacked with knives, and after they were dead, their bodies were set alight. Once I think the victims had been identified and their next of kin had been informed this double tragedy had occurred, there needed to be a witness appeal and it had to be done very quickly. I think that was the view of the investigating officer, who was a detective chief inspector, as I recall. I think he was quite young in that rank, as well. He didn't feel able, for whichever reason, that he could give details of the post-mortem examination and therefore that level of appalling violence on the record, on camera, in a witness appeal style briefing. That information was given to us non-attributably by a senior press officer, and it resulted in a great deal of publicity, as you can imagine, and that publicity did have the desired effect.
One of the attackers came forward two days afterwards. He gave himself up at a police station. His partner, as it were, was also arrested a short time afterwards, and subsequently I think I'm right in saying that the man who gave himself up made certain admissions. He tried to talk his way out of it, and that formed evidence against both men, and they were subsequently convicted of the murder of those two French men.
I think the point about that sort of formal non-attributable briefing is clearly -- its importance is underlined by the fact that one of them gave themselves up and that there were subsequent convictions. I think it had to be done quickly. I think that was the -- any delay would have possibly been fatal to the impact of that witness appeal. For whatever reason, the investigating officer didn't feel able to give those details in conjunction with the witness appeal on camera, on the record, and the senior press officer took the decision that he would.