Posted on 18th February 2015 by DNA Legal
In December 2014, a group of law students and lecturers from the University of Cardiff successfully overturned the murder conviction of Dwaine George, who had been sentenced to life imprisonment following the death of Daniel Dale in 2001. During the original trial, the jury determined that tiny particles of gunshot residue found on George’s jacket were enough to prove his guilt, but the Manchester teenager always maintained his innocence.... Read More
Posted on 28th January 2015 by DNA Legal
A quick Internet search reveals a plethora of DNA testing firms, each offering a wide range of services that vary in price. However, some laboratories are more reputable than others, so it’s important to do some research before booking.
We’re often contacted by clients who have received inconclusive results from other providers, and we’re then called upon to carry out a definitive test. As such, we know all the warning signs, so make sure you... Read More
Posted on 21st January 2015 by DNA Legal
Every year, numerous criminal cases are re-opened due to evidence offered by DNA testing, leading to convictions or exonerations of long past crimes. The chances of other suspects featuring the same DNA profile are quoted as ‘billions to one’, making it an accurate way of proving that an individual was present and (often) involved in the crime.
Of course, DNA evidence hasn’t always been present as a traditional form of police investigation,... Read More
Posted on 10th December 2014 by DNA Legal
What would you do if your client claimed their drink had been spiked with ecstasy, yet tests indicated they were a habitual user of the drug?
In December 2012, Mr W. was off duty and socialising. He was given a drink which he later suspected had been spiked, almost certainly with MDMA. He reacted very badly and ended up in hospital. The following day he reported the spiking incident to the police and blood and urine samples were taken... Read More
Posted on 30th November 2014 by David Nicholson
On 13 June 2014, at a meeting in Bordeaux, France, the Society of Hair Testing passed a new consensus on the use of hair testing as a method of determining levels of alcohol consumption. The consensus is based on tests that took place from December 2013 to January 2014, with the participation of 31 different labs.
The consensus has ramifications for a variety of legal cases where an individual's consumption of or abstinence from alcohol might... Read More