01st July 2020

Online Seminar via Zoom

Online Seminar via Zoom

Interactive Webinars by our Crime Team

Upcoming Webinars

Every Picture Tells A Story – Blood Pattern Analysis, Interpretation and Admissibility

Wednesday 8th July | 3pm

Panellists: David Hislop QC, Gillian Leak of Principle Forensic Services, Paul Mason

When blood has been shed in a violent incident, an analysis of its appearance and distribution

may help to offer an insight into what happened, where and how it happened, as well the nature of any attack and the perpetrator. In addition, by studying the blood shed at the scene it may be possible to determine the extent and type of blood patterns expected on the perpetrator.

Gillian Leak will provide an introduction to blood pattern analysis (BPA). She will explain some of the features that a BPA analyst uses to aid pattern interpretation. This will include some blood spatter in slow motion video; consideration of SFR's from a defence perspective and why we may request access to additional documents. She will also discuss the value of communication between the legal and forensic team before trial and at testimony.

Paul Mason will discuss the issues of admissibility and challenges which may arise in expert BPA evidence. This includes questions of subjectivity, reliability and the Forensic Science Regulator’s Code of Practice.