A MOTHER'S determined fight to secure justice against the man who murdered her daughter is set to feature in a TV show next week.

Ann Ming created legal history after spending 17 years doggedly working to overturn the 800-year-old double jeopardy law, which prevented people being tried twice for the same offence.

Mrs Ming and her husband, Charlie campaigned to get the law changed, backed by The Northern Echo, and in 2006, Billy Dunlop was finally jailed for life for the murder 1989 murder of her daughter Julie Hogg, pictured below.

The Northern Echo:

The campaigning mother was left furious after she found her daughter’s mutilated body hidden under the bath at her Billingham home and set out on a fight to bring her daughter's killer to justice.

Dunlop twice stood trial for the killing in 1991, but two juries could not reach verdicts, and he walked free because of the "double-jeopardy" rule.

However, Mrs Ming's dogged determination was rewarded after Dunlop's prison confession to the brutal killing was used against him and he was finally brought to justice.

Officers carried out a fingertip search of Julie's home but turned up nothing.

The Northern Echo:

Former detective Mark Braithwaite who investigated the murder

Three months later, her mother, Ann Ming, was handed the keys to Julie's Billingham home and followed a smell to the bathroom.

That led her to the decomposing body of her beloved daughter - a discovery which was missed by Cleveland Police and led to a compensation pay-out over the handling of the case.

The mother-of-one lay naked and concealed behind a bath panel, covered by a blanket.

Defiant Dunlop, pictured below, who was 26 at the time, was arrested and charged with murder 13 days after the body was found but it would be a further 15 years before he was eventually convicted of the brutal murder.

The Northern Echo:

Mrs Ming, who received an MBE in 2007 for her battle for justice, will talk of her battle during the hour-long documentary, which also features Aamer Anwar, the solicitor who represented the Chhokar family and who took the opportunity, when the Double Jeopardy Law was amended in Scotland in 2011, to bring the killer of Surjit Singh Chhokar to justice.

  • Ann Ming's heartbreaking story will feature in Catching Britain’s Killers: The Crimes That Changed Us on BBC 2 on Wednesday, October 16.