In 1991, Michelle Hadaway gave the garments to the then BBC reporter for DNA tests for BBC Two’s social affairs programme Public Eye, however the investigation didn’t air and her calls to the broadcaster have been ignored.
The garments belonged to nine-year-old schoolgirl Karen Hadaway, who was discovered sexually assaulted and strangled alongside Nicola Fellows in a woodland den in Brighton in October 1986, in what grew to become often known as the Babes In The Wooden murders.
The households of the 2 ladies spent many years combating for justice after their killer, Russell Bishop, was initially discovered not responsible of their murders in 1987.
In 2002 and 2004, Ian Heffron, uncle of Nicola Fellows, contacted the BBC for the clothes following reform of the double jeopardy legislation, which might permit Bishop to be retried.
Nevertheless, BBC investigators have been unable to find the clothes.
Bishop, who died in January 2022 aged 55, was jailed in 2018 for no less than 36 years after being convicted of the murders of Fellows and Hadaway.
In 2021, the BBC performed a overview of the case in a contemporary bid to attempt to find the clothes and an investigator spoke with Bashir.
Director-general Tim Davie later apologised to the household however mentioned “regrettably 30 years on, little extra will be finished to seek out the lacking garments”.
On Thursday, a BBC spokesperson mentioned: “We’ve got at the moment reached a settlement with Michelle Hadaway in relation to the lack of the garments of her daughter, Karen.
“In 1991, Mrs Hadaway entrusted the BBC with the lacking garments on the understanding that they’d be forensically examined.
“The BBC didn’t study or return the garments, and was not subsequently capable of finding them on account of searches in 2004 and 2021.
“We must always have taken higher care of Karen’s garments and we didn’t.
“We settle for that we had an obligation of care to Mrs Hadaway and we fell nicely in need of that and we’ve beforehand apologised to her privately. We’re very sorry.”
The phrases of the settlement weren’t revealed.
The story of the misplaced clothes re-emerged following the publication of Lord Dyson’s report on the 1995 Panorama interview with the late Diana, Princess of Wales, the place reporter Bashir was discovered to have deceived the princess with a view to acquire his unique interview together with her.