Forensic inquiry to examine UK rape case after man’s 17 years in jail – The Guardian

‘A new forensic investigation is under way into a rape case that led to a man spending 17 years in prison after DNA linked another unknown male to the crime.’

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The Guardian, 18th July 2022

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Prisoners denied access to forensic evidence in bid to prove their innocence – The Guardian

‘Prisoners convicted of serious crimes who may be the victims of miscarriages of justice are being blocked from access to crucial forensic information that could prove their innocence, experts have warned.’

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The Guardian, 11th July 2022

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Shani Warren: Man guilty of murder in 1987 Taplow Lake case – BBC News

‘A man has been found guilty of murdering a woman who was found bound and gagged in a lake 35 years ago.’

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BBC News, 17th May 2022

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James Watson found guilty of murdering Rikki Neave in 1994 – The Guardian

Posted April 22nd, 2022 in child cruelty, children, DNA, families, forensic science, murder, news, young offenders by sally

‘A 41-year-old man described as a “fantasist” and a “monster” has been found guilty of the murder of the schoolboy Rikki Neave, who was found strangled in woods near Peterborough nearly 28 years ago.’

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The Guardian, 21st April 2022

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New forensics technology can detect blood specks on dark clothing within seconds – The Independent

Posted March 16th, 2022 in forensic science, news, police, violence by tracey

‘Forensics scientists are now able to spot tiny specks of blood on dark clothing in a matter of seconds, sometimes resulting in crucial evidence.’

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The Independent, 16th March 2022

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SmartWater: The forensic spray helping keep women safe – BBC News

‘The first person in the UK has been convicted and jailed for domestic abuse after being sprayed with SmartWater – a forensic liquid which shows up under ultraviolet light. The technology is being trialled by police forces in the hope of keeping women safe.’

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BBC News, 18th February 2022

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Alcohol tests: blood, hair, different types, what’s best and what can throw the results – Family Law

Posted February 7th, 2022 in alcohol abuse, children, families, family courts, forensic science, news by tracey

‘An individual’s drinking behaviour is an important factor in many family law cases, with a variety of measures used to test for chronic and excessive alcohol consumption.’

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Family Law, 4th February 2022

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UK man jailed for rape in 1990 after DNA match on another crime – The Guardian

Posted January 18th, 2022 in DNA, forensic science, news, rape, sentencing by tracey

‘A man has been jailed for raping a teenage woman more than three decades ago after he was arrested last year for an unconnected crime and his DNA found to match the attacker’s profile.’

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The Guardian, 17th January 2022

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‘Callous’ mugger jailed for 18 years for killing pensioner in 2001 – The Independent

Posted December 21st, 2021 in DNA, forensic science, homicide, imprisonment, news, sentencing, young offenders by sally

‘A “callous” mugger has been jailed for 18 years for killing an elderly woman 20 years ago.’

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The Independent, 20th December 2021

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Man convicted of killing pensioner 20 years ago after DNA breakthrough – The Independent

Posted November 24th, 2021 in DNA, forensic science, homicide, news, robbery by sally

‘A man has been found guilty of killing an elderly woman 20 years ago after advances in DNA technology linked him to the crime.’

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The Independent, 23rd November 2021

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Police forensic expert admits storing photos of crime scene corpses on his computer – The Independent

‘A former digital forensic police expert had admitted to unlawfully accessing and storing photos of corpses on his personal computer.’

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The Independent, 9th November 2021

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Colin Pitchfork: Double killer will not be on sex offenders register – BBC News

Posted July 19th, 2021 in child abuse, DNA, forensic science, murder, news, parole, rape, sexual offences by michael

‘A man who raped and murdered two 15-year-old girls will not be placed on the sex offenders register when he is released.

The Ministry of Justice said it was because Colin Pitchfork’s crimes were committed before 1997, when the register was introduced.’

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BBC News, 19th July 2021

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Killer Colin Pitchfork to be released from prison after challenge fails – The Guardian

‘The child killer and rapist Colin Pitchfork is to be freed from prison after the Parole Board rejected calls from the government to reconsider the controversial decision.’

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The Guardian, 14th July 2021

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Colin Pitchfork: Minister considers intervening over decision to release child killer – The Independent

Posted June 21st, 2021 in children, DNA, forensic science, lord chancellor, murder, news, parole by tracey

‘The Justice Secretary is considering intervening over the decision to approve the release of child killer Colin Pitchfork.’

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The Independent, 21st June 2021

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New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

2021 c. 14 – Forensic Science Regulator Act 2021

2021 c. 11 – Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Act 2021

2021 c. 25 – National Security and Investment Act 2021

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Act 2021

2021 c. 17 – Domestic Abuse Act 2021

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Hendon murder: Drill rapper who blamed identical twin found guilty – BBC News

Posted March 19th, 2021 in DNA, families, forensic science, murder, news by sally

‘A drill rapper who tried to deflect the blame on to his identical twin after a new father was stabbed to death has been convicted of murder.’

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BBC News, 18th March 2021

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Forensic Science – Codes of Practice and Joint Statements – 2 Hare Court

‘Two new publications were issued by the Forensic Science Regulator (“FSR”) in February 2021.’

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2 Hare Court, 25th February 2021

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Forensic science rationing is putting justice at risk, says outgoing regulator – The Guardian

‘Police forces are having to ration forensic toxicology work, especially samples from suspected drug drivers, because there is not enough capacity in the system to handle the volume of work, the outgoing forensic science regulator has said.’

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The Guardian, 16th February 2021

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‘Professionally embarrassed’ lawyers wrong to withdraw during murder trial – Legal Futures

Posted January 22nd, 2021 in appeals, barristers, evidence, firearms, forensic science, murder, news, trials by sally

‘The legal team of a man accused of murder was wrong to withdraw during the trial citing “professional embarrassment” but the move did not render his subsequent conviction unsafe, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd January 2021

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Knife killer brought to justice for 1994 Manchester stabbing – BBC News

‘A killer with a long history of mental health issues has been brought to justice for randomly stabbing a “blameless” man to death 26 years ago.’

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BBC News, 5th January 2021

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