Simon Bunter, one of our Fingerprint Experts, has been examining the work of Police Fingerprint Experts for many years. Increasingly, he is concerned that cognitive bias is causing the strength of some fingerprint identifications adduced as evidence to be over-stated. Specifically, experts may
On a recent visit to a laboratory one of KBC’s footwear mark experts, Alan Henderson, was called upon to check two footwear marks the prosecution expert had ‘matched’ to the client’s shoe. All was well with one mark, but the other didn’t quite align properly, so the KBC expert looked beyond the
hot-tubbing ► verb: the process by which expert witnesses from like disciplines can give their evidence concurrently.
KBC’s Ann Kiernan was the ballistics expert appointed by the Coroner at the recent Deepcut Inquest into the death of Pte Cheryl James. Ann brought to the investigation her significant and relevant experience of wounds caused by military rounds. On directions from the Coroner, Ms Kiernan organis
A flurry of tumble dryer fires led to Whirlpool undertaking a product safety review in November last year. Since that time, the manufacturer has found issues with more than 100 of their Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda, Proline and Swan models, manufactured between April 2004 and September 2015. They h
With drugs cases, there are several stages at which you may wish an input from KBC, such as for trial, sentencing or POCA hearings, none of which are stand-alone events. We regularly find that the longer enquiries are left, the harder it can be to address all the relevant factors.