Predatory Southend rapist sentenced – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Olawale Hassan, a 34-year-old man, has been sentenced to ten years and two months today (06/10/2020) at Basildon Crown Court for the sexual assault and rape of a woman in Southend.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 6th October 2020

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Mark Duggan police shooting: can forensic tech cast doubt on official report – The Guardian

‘The police shooting of Mark Duggan is a highly contentious case that has been widely cited by Black Lives Matter protesters in the UK.’

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The Guardian, 10th June 2020

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Jeremy Bamber refused access to documents on Essex family murders – The Guardian

‘Jeremy Bamber, who is serving a whole life sentence for one of Britain’s most notorious multiple murders, has been refused access to documents that he believes could help clear his name.’

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The Guardian, 5th June 2020

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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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Leading forensic scientist wins sex discrimination case – Daily Telegraph

‘One of Britain’s leading forensic scientists was a victim of sexual discrimination after she was asked by her boss whether she disliked him because she was gay, an employment tribunal has ruled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd April 2020

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Phones that may hold child abuse images returned to suspects – The Guardian

‘Police are giving back to suspected paedophiles phones and computers that possibly hold child abuse images because they do not have the time or technology to search the devices, a report says.’

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The Guardian, 27th February 2020

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Forensic science failures putting justice at risk, says regulator – The Guardian

‘Innocent people are being wrongly convicted and criminals are escaping justice because of the failure of the forensic science system to meet basic standards, the regulator has said.’

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The Guardian, 25th February 2020

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Jeremy Bamber lawyers say new evidence undermines conviction – The Guardian

Posted February 12th, 2020 in disclosure, documents, evidence, families, forensic science, murder, news, police, suicide by sally

‘Lawyers for Jeremy Bamber, who is serving a whole life sentence for murdering his family, have unearthed evidence that they say undermines the claim that it was “inconceivable” for his adoptive sister to have shot herself.’

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The Guardian, 11th February 2020

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Speech by Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb: Mind-Reading: Neuroscience and The Law – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted December 16th, 2019 in forensic science, human rights, investigatory powers, privacy, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb: Mind-Reading: Neuroscience and The Law.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 13th December 2019

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Jeremy Bamber lawyers challenge CPS over withheld evidence – The Guardian

‘Lawyers representing Jeremy Bamber, who is serving a whole life sentence for killing his adoptive parents, sister and her six-year-old twin boys in 1985, have launched a high court challenge to the Crown Prosecution Service for its failure to disclose evidence they say would undermine the safety of his conviction.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2019

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Mark Duggan shooting report challenged by human rights groups – The Guardian

‘The official report into the police shooting of a man whose death sparked the 2011 riots is facing a new challenge from human rights investigators who say a virtual model of the shooting shows its main conclusion is wrong.’

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The Guardian, 5th December 2019

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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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Facial recognition trials should stop, MPs say – The Independent

Posted July 19th, 2019 in bills, facial mapping, forensic science, news, police, privacy by tracey

‘Police forces must stop using facial recognition technology until a legal framework for its use is set up, MPs have said.’

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The Independent, 19th July 2019

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Lucy McHugh: How a Facebook password trapped a killer – BBC News

Posted July 19th, 2019 in evidence, forensic science, internet, murder, news, rape, video recordings by tracey

‘A “violent sexual predator” who killed a 13-year-old girl in a bid to silence her is to be sentenced on Friday for her rape and murder. His arrest sparked one of the UK’s biggest evidence searches and a trawl of thousands of hours of CCTV footage. But a Facebook password proved to be his ultimate undoing.’

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BBC News, 19th July 2019

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Police cuts could see rise in miscarriages of justice, says forensic expert – The Guardian

Posted May 30th, 2019 in bias, budgets, forensic science, miscarriage of justice, news, police by tracey

‘Austerity cuts in the police force could lead to an increase in miscarriages of justice, a leading forensic scientist has warned, as constraints on funding lead to in-house forensic teams performing more selective tests.’

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The Guardian, 29th May 2019

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Crimes are going unsolved because forensic science services are in crisis, a damning Lords report warns – Daily Telegraph

‘Serious crimes are going unsolved and innocent people are being wrongly convicted due to a “crisis” in the forensic science industry in England and Wales, a damning report has found.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st May 2019

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Man jailed for raping sleep-walking teenager – BBC News

Posted April 29th, 2019 in forensic science, news, rape, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘A man who raped a woman when she sleep-walked into a kitchen has been jailed for five years.’

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BBC News, 26th April 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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Gun in Paul Cleeland murder trial ‘did not kill victim’ – BBC News

‘A forensic report on a murder in 1972 has proved the gun relied on at trial did not kill the victim, lawyers claim.’

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BBC News, 11th March 2019

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Mother has four-year-old son taken from her after failing drug test taken from strand of hair – The Independent

Posted January 21st, 2019 in adoption, care orders, drug abuse, forensic science, news by tracey

‘A mother has been forced to give up her four-year-old son after failing a hair-strand drug test and losing a controversial court battle over his care.’

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The Independent, 20th January 2019

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