How Forensic Evidence is Presented to a Jury

During the course of a trial a jury must be able to understand and appreciate the complexities of both the crime and the methods used in solving the crime and also the scientific procedures used in aiding with the crime’s resolution. What is an Expert Witness? An expert witness is …

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Criminal Profiling & Its Use in Crime Solving

In the last decade the use of criminal profiling as a means to help detect and capture criminals has become more common place during many a criminal investigation. Indeed criminal profiling has also been recognised as one of the most useful techniques in offender profiling – a technique used to …

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Building a Criminal Case Using Forensic Evidence

The most important element of any case against a suspected criminal is the forensic evidence. In the past much was made of eye witness accounts of a crime but now – as technology evolves – the eye witness is the evidence left at the scene of a crime by the …

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What is DNA?

DNA – or Deoxyribonucleic Acid – is the building blocks of the human race and can be found within almost every cell of the human body. There are 46 chromosomes contained within a cell’s nucleus. What Does DNA Do? DNA holds information about the nature in which the body grows …

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Taking DNA Samples

DNA is a valuable and important means for making the identification of a suspect possible in criminal investigations. These DNA samples are normally obtained through means of bodily fluids or flecks of skin found at the scene or indeed on the corpse. DNA samples can also be taken from individuals …

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Hair and Fibres in Forensics

We have all doubtlessly watched television shows and/or movies where the mention of hair and fibre is made often when it comes to the discovery of a corpse or indeed the reporting of a crime. The Importance of Hair and Fibre Hair and fibre are two of the most important …

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Ballistics: The Use and Study of Firearms

Most of us will have heard the term Ballistics at some time or other – more often than not when we have been watching fictionalised accounts of police work on television or in the cinema. What is Ballistics? Ballistics is the area of Forensic Science that deals with firearms; how …

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Latent Prints

Latent Prints are one of three categories of fingerprints that can be found at the scene of a crime. About Fingerprints Fingerprints are split into three categories: Latent Impressed Patent Patent prints are those fingerprints that are easily spotted without the use of magnesium powders, ultra violet lights or chemicals …

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Toxicology

Toxicology is the area of forensic medicine that deals with the categorisation and determination of drugs within the human body and also how they are a contributing factor in criminal acts. There are many different kinds of drug available openly in our society today and many have side effects that …

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Serology: Bodily Fluids

Serology is the study and examination of bodily fluids that is used in forensic science as a means of segregating fluids excreted by assailants or attackers in varying criminal acts. These acts can range from physical assault to sexual assault, right through to the act of murder and all of …

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