Such cases typically range from allegations of inappropriate touching through to anal, oral and vaginal rape.
During the Police investigation into the incident various Forensic examinations might take place involving items recovered from the scene, clothing from victim and suspect(s), and intimate swab samples taken from victim / suspect during subsequent medical examinations.
The Forensic techniques that are often used in the examination of the various items include:
- DNA profiling on body fluids
- Identification and distribution of semen, including aspermic semen
- Saliva detection and distribution
- Fibre transfer
- Injuries sustained by victim
- Damage to clothing
- Toxicology tests on blood / urine samples in respect of alcohol / drug levels
Our experts can deal with all of the above Forensic techniques, and if any of these are to be relied upon by the Prosecution in support of allegations against a defendant(s), we can conduct a thorough, robust and critical evaluation of every aspect of the forensic evidence including undertaking our own examination of the items and scientific case records, checking the continuity of items / evidence, in-house laboratory procedures and techniques, and of course the reliability, validity and conclusions of the forensic evidence that is to used in Court by the Prosecution.
This almost invariably requires our experts to attend at the Forensic Laboratory utilised by the Police to conduct our own examination of exhibits and thoroughly evaluate the scientific case records / analytical results.
In some cases, a defendant may either deny any involvement in the crime, or alternatively provide an account of their involvement, and in the latter, the interpretation of the Forensic evidence might have to be re-evaluated in light of the information provided by the defendant.
Our report can deal with one specific issue or, if several aspects of the Forensic evidence are to be independently assessed, we can deal with the issues in a single report or alternatively two or more reports.
In addition, we can undertake an examination of items that have not been examined.