Notable Case Examples
1: Raising a full DNA profile from a pair of underpants 6.5 years old, and where the prosecution had removed the stains, by cutting, to allow them to achieve maximum sensitivity of analysis (R v Wilson).
2: Detection of Insulin traces and identification of Insulin type by Nanobore Quad/QTOF LC/MS/MS in a vanishingly small, 4.5 year old plasma trace remaining after the Prosecution had performed their analyses (First casework use in UK, and 1000 times as sensitive as any other method so far reported).
3: GSR, where we were the first, at the Central Criminal Court, to bring to the Court’s attention that Police transports and Premises had been shown to be likely to be contaminated by Gunshot Residue. (This was noticed as a result of our multidisciplinary expertise in an unrelated survey of explosives contamination in public places).
4: The RvS case of alleged rape (acquitted) and others, where the limitations of the degree to which the interpretation of the DNA analysis of mixed profiles could be achieved, were demonstrated.
5: The R v Ahmed Ali et al trial of the alleged attempt to destroy wide bodied passenger jets through the use of liquid explosives, where out of a total of four experts our report was chosen for the defence of the 8 accused. (Also the only expert in ten years of trials to locate research into production of key ingredient).
6: R v Carter: where the CCTV images of a pair of trainers was analysed, and the prosecution found to have inadvertently utilised varying degrees of Ultra Violet Light as a result of different illumination processes during the process of photography. This had the effect of raising different patterns from fluorescent components on the surface of the trainer, and which was claimed to indicate that the seized item was different from that observed. Repeated photography at the scene confirmed this to be UNTRUE.
7: R v Young: Where a presumptive colouration test was shown to be capable of giving results for both Ritalin and Amphetamine.
8: R v Tang: The demonstration that one Kilogram of Cannabis Bud could be used by an individual with a high rate of consumption by smoking and cooking, for his own personal use.
9: It should be noted that in many cases (eg Explosives, Gunshot Residue, and Toxicology etc) the techniques used for analysis were developed and published by ourselves, which assists in establishing the pre-eminent expertise in any challenges (eg Lockerbie).
RECENT AND ONGOING CASE DETAILS:
MANY HUNDREDS OF FURTHER CASES HAVE BEEN ANALYSED FOR THE PROSECUTION, IN ADDITION TO THOSE LISTED, DURING 14 YEARS SERVICE AT THE MET POLICE FORENSIC LAB (LONDON) AND THE FORENSIC EXPLOSIVES LAB (FORT HALSTEAD)
SOME FURTHER INTERESTING PROSECUTION CASES
1: DEBRIS FROM A ONE TONNE ROADSIDE DEVICE (LEBANON).
2: HULL PLATE FROM AN AIRCRAFT DOWNED BY AN ANTI-AIRCRAFT MISSILE. (PROPELLANT TRACES (NG) DETECTED ON THE OUTSIDE ONLY) (SOUTH AFRICA).
3: ANALYSIS OF AIRCRAFT DEBRIS FOR TRACES OF EXPLOSIVES (UNKNOWN CAUSE OF LOSS) (NORWAY/SWEDEN).
4: ANALYSIS OF TRACES OF EXPLOSIVES ON THE SHATTERED ALUMINIUM ALLOY REMNANTS OF THE CARGO CONTAINER IN THE PAN AM 103 CASE (LOCKERBIE).
SOME FURTHER INTERESTING DEFENCE CASES
1: DETECTION AND IDENTIFICATION OF THE INSULIN TYPE LIKELY TO HAVE BEEN USED IN THE SERIAL KILLINGS OF ELDERLY LADIES IN THE LEEDS INSULIN SERIAL KILLINGS (A WORLD FIRST AT THIS LEVEL)
2: INVESTIGATION OF POSSIBLE ENDOGENOUS ALCOHOL PRODUCTION IN AN INDIVIDUAL WITH AN INTESTINAL SYSTEM DAMAGED BY SEVERE AMOEBIC DYSENTERY.