Man on trial a second time for 1986 murders of Brighton schoolgirls – The Guardian

Posted October 17th, 2018 in child abuse, children, evidence, forensic science, murder, news, trials by sally

‘A paedophile accused of killing two nine-year-old girls more than three decades ago has gone on trial for a second time as prosecutors seek to draw on scientific advances in forensics on top of evidence from an original trial.’

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The Guardian, 16th October 2018

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The forensic pathologist who got PTSD: ‘Cutting up 23,000 dead bodies is not normal’ – The Guardian

Posted September 26th, 2018 in forensic science, news, pathologists, post-traumatic stress disorder by sally

‘Richard Shepherd’s career saw him work on some of the most high-profile cases of the past 30 years, such as Harold Shipman and Stephen Lawrence. But it came at a terrible personal cost, he says.’

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The Guardian, 26th September 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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Croydon cat killer: Mystery solved by police after three years amid 400 mutilations – The Independent

Posted September 21st, 2018 in animal cruelty, animals, forensic science, news, police by tracey

‘Police have revealed the identity of the so-called Croydon cat killer. Experts ruled foxes or other wildlife were likely behind the mutilations of several hundred cats that died in the south London borough and beyond, the Metropolitan Police said. There is no evidence of human involvement in the grisly incidents, the force said following an investigation lasting nearly three years, adding that it had informed the RSPCA and campaign group South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (Snarl) of its findings.’

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The Independent, 20th September 2018

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Shaken Baby Syndrome – legal developments – Six Pump Court

Posted August 17th, 2018 in children, families, forensic science, murder, news, personal injuries by sally

‘This note is intended to set out how medical opinion in relation to and the Court’s approach to “shaken baby syndrome” have developed.’

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Six Pump Court, 22nd March 2018

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How paedophile’s hands led to his conviction – BBC News

Posted August 15th, 2018 in child abuse, evidence, forensic science, news, rape, video recordings by sally

‘In July 2014, police in Manchester arrested a 34-year-old man on suspicion of filming himself raping a child. In the video, the face of the perpetrator was hidden but his hands were visible.’

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BBC News, 15th August 2018

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‘Smoke and mirror’ tactics of drink-drive defence teams criticised – The Guardian

‘The “smoke and mirror” tactics of defence lawyers in drink-driving cases have been criticised by the government’s forensic science regulator, who has launched an investigation into the work of a number of expert witnesses.’

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The Guardian, 18th June 2018

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Police mishandling digital evidence, forensic experts warn – The Guardian

Posted May 16th, 2018 in disclosure, evidence, forensic science, news, police by sally

‘Police officers are trampling over vital forensic evidence, are under-trained, and often do not know what they are looking for, MPs investigating digital disclosure problems have been told.’

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The Guardian, 15th May 2018

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Scotland Yard suspends forensic scientist amid fears 21 rape cases could be compromised – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 9th, 2018 in forensic science, news, police by tracey

‘More than 30 criminal investigations – including 21 rape and sex assault cases – are being urgently reviewed after Scotland Yard admitted one of its forensic scientists could have botched vital examinations.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th May 2018

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Children: Private Law Update (Spring 2018) – Family Law Week

‘Alex Verdan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent important judgments in private law children cases.’

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Family Law Week, 27th April 2018

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Police outsource digital forensic work to unaccredited labs – The Guardian

Posted February 12th, 2018 in contracting out, forensic science, news, police by tracey

‘More than a dozen police forces have outsourced digital forensic investigative work to unaccredited private laboratories in the past year, at a time when a series of rape cases have been abandoned because of problems with digital evidence.’

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The Guardian, 12th February 2018

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Falling forensic science standards ‘making miscarriages of justice inevitable’ – The Guardian

Posted January 19th, 2018 in forensic science, miscarriage of justice, news, police, reports by tracey

‘Police forces are failing to meet the official standards for forensic science, making miscarriages of justice inevitable, the government’s forensic regulator has said. In her annual report, Gillian Tully highlighted her growing concerns about the failure of some forensic firms used by the police to meet basic quality standards. It means innocent people could be wrongly convicted and offenders escaping justice.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2018

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Poppi Worthington was sexually abused by father, coroner rules – The Guardian

Posted January 16th, 2018 in child abuse, evidence, forensic science, inquests, news, prosecutions, sexual offences by sally

‘A “fit and active, robust little girl” suffocated after being sexually abused by her father, a coroner has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 15th January 2018

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The use of testing for drugs and alcohol in FDAC – Family Law

‘The FDAC National Unit (NU) coordinates quarterly meetings for all FDAC substance misuse workers, to provide a forum for discussing issues arising from working in FDAC, which is a very different experience to working within adult treatment services. Issues that arise include being part of a multi-disciplinary team, working within the tight timescales of care proceedings, and the need to focus on the welfare of the child and the child’s timescales rather than solely on the parent/s. Issues relating to testing are also discussed regularly.’

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Family Law, 9th January 2018

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Police doctor warns of more miscarriages of justice in rape cases in row over DNA testing – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 21st, 2017 in DNA, doctors, evidence, forensic science, miscarriage of justice, news, police, rape by tracey

‘A police doctor has warned of potential miscarriages of justice in rape cases after medical examinations were outsourced to the private security company G4S.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th December 2017

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Unreliable forensic toxicology tests – next steps – Family Law

‘Family analysis: The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced that it is treating some hair strand test results as potentially unreliable. Maud Davis, partner at TV Edwards LLP looks at what this could mean for proceedings involving children where there was a reliance on hair strand testing, and suggests next steps for family practitioners advising in this area.’

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Family Law, 7th December 2017

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‘We believe you harmed your child’: the war over shaken baby convictions – The Guardian

Posted December 8th, 2017 in child abuse, child cruelty, evidence, expert witnesses, forensic science, news by sally

‘Expert witnesses who claim parents have been wrongly accused have been vilified and struck off. But the science is anything but certain. What happens to the truth when experts can’t agree?’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2017

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Randox forensics inquiry: Police suspend drug-test contracts – BBC News

Posted November 28th, 2017 in contracting out, evidence, forensic science, news, police by sally

‘Police have suspended all contracts with a drug-testing company amid allegations of data manipulation.’

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BBC News, 27th November 2017

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Dodgy drug test results – what should I do? – Transparency Project

‘On 21 November the Ministry of Justice and Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal’s Service issued advice for those concerned about potentially unreliable forensic toxicology (drug) tests in some family cases. The advice also relates to criminal trials, but this post looks at the issue for people who have been involved with a family court case and who are worried that the test results may have been dodgy.’

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Transparency Project, 23rd November 2017

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Guidance on unreliable or manipulated forensic toxicology tests – Family Law

‘The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has released guidance for those concerned about potentially unreliable forensic toxicology tests. This follows police investigations into the potential manipulation of forensic toxicology test results at two private companies, Trimega Laboratories Limited and Randox Testing Services. The test results were used as expert evidence in England and Wales. The guidance includes examples which aim to help people understand where toxicology tests may have been used as part of decision making in court cases, and provides advice for those who believe their case may have been adversely affected by manipulated test results.’

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Family Law, 24th November 2017

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