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Lee Murray could receive retrial after forensics officer found guilty of mishandling evidence


Lee Murray, the one-time UFC fighter who was sentenced to 10 years in a Moroccan prison for his involvement in the largest bank raid in British history back in 2006, could receive a retrial after the forensics officer assigned to his case was found guilty of mishandling evidence.

The Mirror has more:

The officer who collected the masks the gang used in the £53million Securitas robbery in 2006 has been disciplined for accidentally disposing of evidence in another case.

Police chiefs are now bracing themselves for a legal fight that could see the gang winning a ­retrial.

Their legal teams are expected to argue that as the officer disposed of exhibits in one case, she could have done the same during their clients' investigation - although there is no evidence that this happened.

"Lightning" bolted for northern Africa shortly after he and six other associates stole more than £53 million from the Securitas cash depot in Kent, England. It was, and still is, the largest cash heist to ever go down in the history of the nation.

For years, British prosecutors tried to extradite the ex-fighter while they successfully tracked down and jailed his accomplices; however, the Moroccan government refused to ship him back because his father was of Moroccan descent.

Instead, Murray -- who was already serving three years in prison for an unrelated incident -- had his case on the bank robbery charges heard in a Moroccan court.

He promptly convicted and will not be eligible for release until 2020.

Murray defeated Jorge Rivera via first round submission (strikes) at UFC 46, which was his only appearance inside the Octagon. He is perhaps better known in the fight world for his exploits outside the cage, however, brawling with Tito Ortiz in a street fight following UFC 38 in July 2002.

Murray is 8-2 overall in mixed martial arts competition. He last fought in September of 2004 at Cage Rage 8, dropping a unanimous decision to current UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.

For more on the rise and fall of "Lightning" Lee Murray click here.

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