Forensic Scientist

Drugs & children’s hair

Anna Sandiford Feb 15, 2011

It was very interesting to read the results of ESR’s recent media release: Hair samples reveal P lab kids’ long term exposure to methamphetamine.  I’ve seen many cases involving meth labs and manufacture, using swabs from surfaces to determine whether or not methamphetamine could have been manufactured in a given location.  Using hair analysis results [...] … Read More

Guilty until proven innocent

Anna Sandiford Feb 14, 2011

“A lack of accreditation of expert witnesses means that anyone with a scientific background and sufficient ‘brass neck’ could set themselves up as a forensic science expert and mislead the court“. So warns Lord Justice Leveson, an English Court of Appeal Judge. It has already happened: Gene Morrison. Originally jailed for 5 years various offences [...] … Read More

2010 (amusing) crime round-up

Anna Sandiford Jan 07, 2011

Although crime is generally a negative experience for all concerned, it has to be accepted that where people (and sometimes animals) are involved, amusing things will occasionally also occur.  Including crime.  Following are some examples of interesting and unusual crime stories from 2010: Leicester, England: Cold weather was the enemy of crime when two burglars [...] … Read More

Word-leading forensic science agency to close

Anna Sandiford Dec 18, 2010

One of the world’s leading forensic science agencies, the British Forensic Science Service (FSS), will close the remainder of its laboratories by 2012. To quote a recent article, “The FSS is a government-owned company … that sells its services to customers including police forces in England and Wales. The government has now promised to sell [...] … Read More

Pike River photo update: flames all gone

Anna Sandiford Dec 07, 2010

From the Police News site comes this image (below) of the Pike River mine shaft with no flames, taken this morning: Compare this with these two images from Sunday 5th December. Although there is little realistic chance of recovering the whole bodies of all of the miners, at least now the fire appears to have ceased means that … Read More

Christmas and Forensic Science

Anna Sandiford Dec 03, 2010

Well, the Crown and the courts are winding down for their annual extended break. However, forensic scientists in the independent sector don’t take a holiday! This is the perfect time of year for lawyers to start preparing well in advance for next year’s trials, particularly given the long time that NZ Legal Services is taking [...] … Read More