Forensic application

You were certainly topical with your article ‘In the frame’ (Feature, 7 August) about the use of technology to advance forensic science.

Recently we heard that the forensics in the Damilola Taylor murder investigation were possibly responsible for the killers not being correctly identified at an earlier stage.

From what I heard on the news, however, the technology was not the issue, rather the procedures that were followed during the investigation. A second forensic group was apparently able to identify evidence missed by a first.

It might be that superior techniques could have seen the true situation earlier, but I suspect that as so often the answer will lie in the application of technology rather than its sophistication.


Jane Collins, Salford




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