Thursday, September 07, 2006

Incompetence in England's Home Office

by team UAB,eea

I found this article both a little comforting and frightening at the same time. Comforting because forensic evidence got the right people behind bars; frightening because the Home Office's Forensic Science Service missed such obvious evidence.

Detective Superintendent Nick Ephgrave, who took over the running of the investigation at the end of the first trial, asked a different laboratory, run by private firm Forensic Alliance, to re-examine all the items in the case.

The lab found that a bloodstain on a shoe, easily visible to the human eye, had been missed along with blood drops and fibres on the suspects' other clothes.

The police investigation alone into the killing has cost almost $7.6 million.

Who trains these people anyway?


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Anonymous said...

I agree with the comment that this is both comforting and uneasy, because an officer of the law missing the obvious is just a scary thought. Knowing that a crime can go undetected due to a simple mistake of not properly surveying the evidence or in this case the clothes is just ridiculous. But its also comforting because is lets you know that there are some competent peolple in the world who will thoroughly investigate and do their job and not overlook the obvious. TNT

Forensic Bloggers said...

true, it is a bit unsettling - however, the article may be exagerrating a bit. Even though it says the stain was "easily visible" it might not have been easily visible to some. This just serves as a reminder, evidence has to be found, recovered, and analyzed before it is useful.

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