Insight August 17, 2022

By Forensic Access

This case demonstrates how the specific details of a case can strongly impact the interpretation of the DNA evidence.

Alexander Bennett Solicitors intended to challenge the initial DNA findings and conclusions. They instructed Forensic Access to review the forensic findings and conclusions of the prosecution in light of new information provided by the defendant to the defence. Often the initial forensic findings can be limited to the knowledge of events at the point of prosecution.

The defendant was charged with murder occurring between the hours of 4pm and 11pm on Monday 22nd April 2019.

The prosecution claimed that the defendant had visited the victim at his residence, and an altercation resulted in homicide. DNA of the defendant was found under the victim’s fingernails, forensics supported the assertion that the defendant had visited the victim on Monday which led to murder. This DNA evidence appeared a solid confirmation of the prosecution’s case.

The defendant claimed that he had visited the victim on the Friday prior (19th April) resulting in an altercation. The defence wished to review the findings of the prosecution in light of this new information and context. Could DNA remain under fingernails for the three-day period claimed? Was the contact between the defendant and the victim on Monday or the Friday before?

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