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Miscarriage of Justice - A Wrongful Conviction for Murder

In 2017 two men were wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.

A review of the blood distribution findings at the scene, by our scientists, in conjunction with a review of the pathology findings, unearthed a critical flaw in the original investigation - that the site of the fatal assault had been mis-identified.

Following an appeal against the convictions a re-trial was ordered and both men were acquitted of murder and released from custody.

It was accepted that if a more inclusive and detailed crime scene strategy had been undertaken initially, the likelihood was that the two men would have been eliminated as suspects and a miscarriage of justice would have been avoided.

The key players reflect on the case in a paper published in the journal of Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology.

Click to view the open access paper in the journal or download the pdf.

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Please note that the publication includes images of blood and injury.

This case showcases the work and impact of the charity Inside Justice and has been subject to a podcast produced by Tortoise Media.

Reference for article: Grey, S, J. Lartey, J. Millington, R. Vardon, J. Crane, J. Preuß‑Wössner and C. Buschmann. An avenue to miscarriage: A case report. Forensic Sci Med Pathol. 2022 Sep: 18(3): 385-391.

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