Archive for the 'forensic science' Category

Canterbury rapist jailed after cold case DNA probe – BBC News

“A Lancashire man has been jailed for life for a rape in Canterbury more than 20 years ago after latest scientific techniques helped to find a DNA match.”

Full story

BBC News, 14th April 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Forensics cut will be ‘disastrous’ for victims of injustice – The Guardian

“Miscarriages of justice will not be corrected and public confidence in the criminal justice system will be damaged if proposed changes to the forensic science service go ahead, according to Richard Foster, chairman of the criminal cases review commission.”

Full story

The Guardian, 30th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Courts ‘will reject test secrecy’ – BBC News

“There is a serious mismatch between the government’s aim to commercialise forensic science and the requirement of courts for openness, according to a top forensic expert.”

Full story

BBC News, 25th February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Judgment reserved in murder appeal as forensic evidence divides experts – The Guardian

“Scientists split over fibres that prosecution says links jailed office worker to home of widow killed during break-in.”

Full story

The Guardian, 9th December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Forensic expert witnesses should be accredited, warns judge – Law Society’s Gazette

“A lack of accreditation of expert witnesses means that anyone with a scientific background and sufficient ‘brass neck’ could set themselves up as a forensic science expert and mislead the court, a Court of Appeal judge has warned.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd November 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

New evidence may clear postman of sex attack after 14 years in jail – The Guardian

“Lawyer for Victor Nealon says crucial forensic evidence was left untested as surgeon insists wrong man was convicted.”

Full story

The Guardian, 22nd August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Rapist jailed for 1987 sex attack in east London – BBC News

“A sex attacker caught after a cold case review has been jailed for 10 years.”

Full story

BBC News, 25th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Rapists going free through errors by inexperienced doctors, says BMA – The Guardian

“Rapists are not being convicted because doctors are making errors when examining victims, according to medical experts specialising in sexual assaults.”

Full story

The Guardian, 22nd June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Cuts to forensic watchdog ‘will cause miscarriages of justice’ – The Independent

“Dozens of miscarriages of justice could occur in the next few months because the body that regulates expert witnesses in court is being shut down by the Government, senior scientists warned yesterday.”

Full story

The Independent, 22nd March 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Miscarriage of justice victim served extra 11 years due to ‘lost’ evidence – The Guardian

“Vital evidence which could have secured the release of one of Britain’s longest-serving victims of a miscarriage of justice 11 years ago was held in a forgotten forensic science archive on an industrial site in the Midlands, the Guardian can reveal.”

Full story

The Guardian, 19th March 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

New evidence over Bamber killing – The Guardian

“Findings from blood expert and undisclosed police negatives are reviewed as murderer makes his third appeal against conviction.”

Full story

The Guardian, 15th March 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Focus on Forensics – BBC Law in Action

“High-profile prosecutions have relied on DNA to convict the guilty. Steve Wright who murdered five women in Suffolk, and Mark Dixie the killer of Sally Anne Bowman, would probably not have been convicted without DNA evidence.

But the use of forensic evidence is not always so straight-forward in proving guilt, as Clive Coleman finds out when he debates the use of forensic techniques with a panel of experts.”

Full story

BBC Law in Action, 27th May 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Regina v Kempster – Times Law Reports

Regina v Kempster

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

“Evidence of those experienced in comparing ear-prints was capable of being relevant and admissible but such comparison would provide information which could identify the person who had left it on a surface only when sufficient minutiae could be identified and matched.”

The Times, 16th May 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Bar Chairman Warns of Threats to the Independence of the Legal Profession – The Bar Council

“Criminal Bar Association Conference discusses the impact of forensic technology.”

Full press release

Th Bar Council, 25th April 2008

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Burglar jailed over ear-print wins appeal – Daily Telegraph

“A burglar who was convicted on the evidence of an ear-print left on a window had his conviction quashed by the Court of Appeal on Wednesday.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th April 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

‘Ear print’ burglar in appeal bid – BBC News

“The case of a burglar convicted after police matched an imprint of his ear to the scene of a robbery will be heard again at the Court of Appeal.”

Full story

BBC News, 16th April 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

How can you identify a criminal by the way they walk? – BBC News Magazine

“A burglar has been caught because of his bow-legged walk, but how easy is it to catch a criminal by analysing their gait?”

Full story

BBC News Magazine, 15th April 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk


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