Indefinite retention of DNA profile, fingerprints and photographs of a convicted motorist contrary to article 8 – UK Police Law Blog

‘The European Court of Human Rights court held in Gaughran v United Kingdom [2020] ECHR 144 that the police’s indefinite retention of DNA profile, fingerprints and photographs of person convicted of a minor offence without a possibility of review constituted an infringement of Article 8 ECHR (respect for private life). This is the latest in a number of cases where the ECtHR has disagreed with a decision of the Supreme Court and represents a further development of the meaning of “private life”.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 30th April 2020

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Strasbourg Court rules against UK on police retention of data – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 27th, 2020 in criminal records, data protection, DNA, human rights, news by tracey

‘Can the police indefinitely retain an individual’s DNA profile, fingerprints and photograph after they have been convicted? That was the question before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Gaughran v UK (no. 45245/15, ECHR 2020). This judgment — which was given for the applicant — is of interest both on the merits and as an example of the way the Court continues to approach issues of this kind.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th February 2020

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The importance of patents in biotechnology – John Butcher – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 25th, 2020 in DNA, news, patents by sally

‘Biotechnology in the United Kingdom is the industry of organisms that manufacture commercial products. Interestingly, it can be quite controversial at times i.e. stem cells and gene cloning. Despite this, biotechnology is integral to advancements in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 21st February 2020

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Michael Weir guilty of 1998 ‘double jeopardy’ murders – BBC News

Posted November 15th, 2019 in DNA, double jeopardy, forensic science, murder, news, retrials by tracey

‘A jewel thief who beat two elderly people to death in their own homes has been convicted of their murders two decades on.’

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BBC News, 14th November 2019

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‘Lady in the Lake’ murder: Gordon Park’s conviction ‘unsafe’ – BBC News

Posted November 6th, 2019 in appeals, Criminal Cases Review Commission, DNA, murder, news by sally

‘The conviction of the so-called “Lady in the Lake” murderer was unsafe, the Court of Appeal has been told.’

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BBC News, 5th November 2019

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Police prosecute man for throwing paint over a carpet aged 12, 10 years after the offence was committed – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 18th, 2019 in children, criminal damage, DNA, guilty pleas, news, prosecutions by tracey

‘Police prosecuted a man for throwing paint over a carpet, 10 years after the offence which he committed aged 12.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th October 2019

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‘I am DNA proof my father is a rapist’ – BBC News

Posted August 5th, 2019 in adoption, child abuse, children, DNA, news, rape, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘A woman conceived by rape wants her father brought to justice in a so-called “victimless prosecution”, in one of the first cases of its kind, the BBC has learned.’

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BBC News, 5th August 2019

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Lucy McHugh murder case: Stephen Nicholson jailed for life – BBC News

‘A lodger who raped and murdered a 13-year-old girl to stop her exposing him as an abuser has been jailed for life.’

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BBC News, 19th July 2019

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Police demanded rape victim’s phone and medical records despite identifying attacker by DNA – The Independent

Posted June 11th, 2019 in DNA, evidence, medical records, news, police, privacy, prosecutions, rape, telecommunications by tracey

‘Police demanded the mobile phone and personal records of a woman who was raped by a stranger eight years ago – even after identifying her attacker using DNA evidence.’

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The Independent, 10th June 2019

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Convicted killer linked to historical rape of teenage girl after she discovers he is father of her child – The Independent

Posted May 24th, 2019 in child abuse, DNA, murder, news, pregnancy, rape, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘A convicted murderer who raped a 14-year-old girl two decades ago was linked to the attack after she discovered he was the father of her child.’

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The Independent, 24th May 2019

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Meals on wheels driver jailed for elderly woman’s murder 24 years on after DNA breakthrough – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 22nd, 2019 in burglary, DNA, evidence, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A meals on wheels delivery driver has been jailed for life 24 years after he murdered an elderly woman, following a DNA breakthrough.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st May 2019

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Evidence from the grave – I – Law & Religion UK

Posted March 14th, 2019 in burials and cremation, DNA, ecclesiastical law, forensic science, news by tracey

‘The permanence of Christian burial and the application of Re Blagdon Cemetery [2002] Fam 299 has been a continuing theme on L&RUK, and has also been explored in Leading Works on Law and Religion. This is the first of three posts in which we consider exhumation for the purpose of examining the remains of monarchs, mass murderers, and for medical research. Most recently, in Re St. John’s Cemetery Elswick [2018] ECC New 4, the court granted a faculty for a temporary disinterment for the purposes of obtaining a DNA analysis from bone fragments to be taken from the remains, in relation to a criminal conviction of the petitioner’s husband.’

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Law & Religion UK, 13th March 2019

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Home Office admits people were wrongly denied UK status after refusing to provide DNA evidence – The Independent

Posted October 25th, 2018 in DNA, evidence, families, news, visas by tracey

‘The Home Office has admitted that people have been wrongly denied UK status after refusing to provide DNA evidence in a breach of its own policy. Sajid Javid, the home secretary, said the government had illegally demanded DNA evidence in family visa cases, with at least seven people denied the right to stay in Britain because they refused to provide DNA samples to prove family ties.’

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The Independent, 25th October 2018

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How familial DNA trapped a murderer for the first time – BBC News

Posted September 24th, 2018 in DNA, forensic science, murder, news by sally

‘The pioneering technique used to identify a British widow’s sadistic killer has led to hundreds of crimes being solved around the world. How was familial DNA searching used to catch a murderer for the first time, 15 years ago, and more recently the suspected Golden State Killer?’

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BBC News, 23rd September 2018

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Scratched burglar jailed after being caught by nail clipping DNA – BBC News

Posted September 12th, 2018 in burglary, DNA, evidence, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A violent burglar who tried to destroy DNA evidence by clipping his victim’s fingernails has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 11th September 2018

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Cheese burglar: Hungry thief caught after leaving DNA on a block of Red Leicester – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 10th, 2018 in burglary, DNA, news by sally

‘A hungry burglar was caught after leaving his DNA on a block of cheese, a court heard yesterday.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th August 2018

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DNA tests on asylum seekers dubious in law, Home Office admits – The Guardian

Posted July 20th, 2018 in asylum, children, DNA, families, news by tracey

‘Asylum seekers who were subjected to DNA swabs to prove their origins may be able to sue the government after the Home Office admitted the lawful basis for taking those samples was “dubious”.’

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The Guardian, 19th July 2018

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Rapist caught after urinating in plant pot 30 years later – BBC News

Posted March 19th, 2018 in DNA, news, rape, sentencing by sally

‘A rapist who evaded capture for more than 30 years until he urinated in a neighbour’s plant pot – leading to a DNA match – has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 16th March 2018

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Daughter ordered to take DNA test to prove she has an interest in her late father’s estate – Family Law

Posted March 13th, 2018 in consent, DNA, families, jurisdiction, news, paternity, wills by sally

‘Colin Birtles died without a will in 2013. He was survived by his two daughters, Lorraine Freeman and Janice Nield-Moir. Unbeknown to her elder sister, Mrs Freeman successfully applied for letters of administration to enable her to manage and distribute his estate, amounting to his terraced house in Oldham and a small amount of cash. According to the rules of intestacy, Mr Birtles estate should be divided equally between the two sisters.’

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Family Law, 9th March 2018

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Peter Wrighton murder: Ex-soldier found guilty – BBC News

Posted March 1st, 2018 in armed forces, DNA, mental health, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A “callous” ex-soldier has been convicted of murdering an 83-year-old dog walker in an “animalistic” attack.’

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BBC News, 28th February 2018

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