POLICE are re-examining the murder of a Poole businessman committed nearly 20 years ago.

John Green’s blood-stained body was found slumped at the back of his shop in Poole Road, Branksome, in February 1991.

Despite extensive inquiries into the frenzied stabbing, no one has been charged with killing the 36-year-old.

The offence is now the subject of a so-called Cold Case Review, where officers look again at the evidence to see if new investigative techniques can help to solve the crime.

Police believe that Mr Green was killed between 3.15pm and 4pm on February 1, 1991. His body was found the following day by his girlfriend, Lori de Carteret.

Mr Green had hosted a party at his home on the weekend before he died, which made the investigation difficult due to the number of fingerprints at the scene. Thousands of lines of inquiry have been followed and more than 1,000 statements taken over the years, but police are still no closer to finding Mr Green’s killer.

The case received widespread publicity including a reconstruction on Crimewatch. Even the offer of a £20,000 reward yielded no clues.

But police remain confident that one day they will receive a vital piece of information that will solve the murder. Anyone who has any information is asked to call Dorset Police on 01202 222222 or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.

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