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