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News Round-Up Week Ending 22.4.16

(Posted on 21/04/16)

Ched Evans wins appeal against rape conviction. Former Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans has won an appeal against his 2012 conviction for rape and now faces a retrial, the Guardian reports. Evans, now 27, spent two and a half years in jail for raping a 19-year-old in a hotel in north Wales. The former Sheffield United striker and Welsh international was present at the London court with his girlfriend, Natasha Massey. Lady Justice... Read more...



Criminal courts increasingly rely upon scientific evidence provided by expert witnesses. This raises a number of questions for the courts including what type of science they should admit and who should be allowed to give such evidence. Controversies related to Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) / Abusive Head Trauma (AHT) expose the weaknesses of admissibility frameworks in the US and, more specifically, in England and Wales. The triad of symptoms frequently... Read more...

News Round-Up Week Ending 15.4.16

(Posted on 15/04/16)

Hallam & Nealon lose latest appeal for compensation. The Court of Appeal has dismissed compensation cases for Sam Hallam and Victor Nealon.  Hallam served more than seven years for murder, whilst Nealon served 17 years for attempted rape. Both men had their convictions quashed by the Court of Appeal three years ago. Despite this, they have been denied financial compensation for wrongful incarceration by the Ministry... Read more...

New Developments in Blood Evidence Detection

New Developments in Blood Evidence Detection(Posted on 08/04/16)

Liam O'Hare and Meez Islam, Biochemist and Physical Chemist, describe the potential advances in blood evidence detection through hyperspectral imaging (HSI), beyond human vision.Dr O'Hare retired from the post of Director of Learning Development at Teesside University in December 2015, but continues to be active in research, not least the applications of hyperspectral imaging which he works on through Chemicam Ltd, a spinout company that he started... Read more...

Ministers need to reinstate a national forensic science service – and quickly

Ministers need to reinstate a national forensic science service – and quickly(Posted on 07/04/16)

A new forensic and biometrics service is planned by the Home Office, four years after it controversially abolished its predecessor.Reprinted with kind permission of the Justice Gap. Read more...

News Round-Up Week Ending 11.3.16

(Posted on 11/03/16)

Shaken Baby Expert “Misled Courts”: The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) has ruled that paediatric neuropathologist Waney Squier gave evidence outside her area of expertise. Dr Squier, based at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital, had disputed the significance of a triad of symptoms – swelling of the brain, bleeding between the skull and brain and bleeding into the retina of the eye – as diagnostic of “... Read more...