Murder Case Studies - Investigation Insights

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Expert lecture at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) 2013 on the role of forensic scientists and evidence analysts on a number of high profile murder investigations and crown court trial preparations

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Murder Case Studies - Investigation Insights

  1. 1. Afentis Forensics - Investigation Insights - – AFENTIS FORENSICS – SCIENTISTS & EXPERT WITNESSES www.afentis.com
  2. 2. Afentis Forensics - Investigation Insights - Ross Patel BSc(Hons),MCSE,CISSP,MCP CCNA,CISA,CHFI,CISM,ACFE,ISEB ross.patel@afentis.com
  3. 3. Case Study ‘Body in the Bag’ CIAPCINSKI ‘Judas Beast’ Murder in the Midlands LAWKOSKI MAZUR Q&A COUCHMAN Questions & Answers Bebo & the missing girl - Investigation Insight - www.afentis.com
  4. 4. About Us  Background  Founded 1999  Digital Evidence & eDiscovery  Innovative  Develop own forensic solutions  Cell Site Analysis – utilised by MET/GMP/FBI  Expertise  Unrivalled technical accreditation  VHCC & High Order Offence Track Record - Investigation Insight - www.afentis.com
  5. 5. Casework Murder • High profile, aggravating features Drugs • Class A, international & multi-jurisdictional IIoC Complex Timescales - Investigation Insight - • Level 5, highly sensitive, highly emotive • Range of evidence, depth/detail, volume exhibits • Compressed deadlines, no margin for error www.afentis.com
  6. 6. - Investigation Insight - www.afentis.com
  7. 7. Serioza Lawskoski  Murder  April 23rd 2011  Normanton, Derby  7:30pm  Cummings Street  5 armed attackers  Investigation  Door-to-door  Media Appeal  CCTV - Investigation Insight - www.afentis.com
  8. 8. Serioza Lawskoski  Witnesses  Masked assailants  Language / build  CCTV  Vehicle  Photogrammetry  Suspect movement  Suspects  Morpho Comparison  Mobile telephones  Social Media - Investigation Insight - www.afentis.com
  9. 9. Sylwia Ciapcinska  ‘Magda’  24yr old  Staffordshire - Investigation Insight - www.afentis.com
  10. 10. Sylwia Ciapcinska  ‘Magda’  24yr old  Staffordshire  CCTV  2pm Shopping  Radio silence  Plastic Transactions  Investigation  Motive, Opportunity Means (MOM) - Investigation Insight - www.afentis.com
  11. 11. Tomasz Sobczak  Sobczak  29yr old  Factory Worker  Housemate  Key Witness  Magda moved out  Used her cards/phone  Alibi  Pregnant wife & son arrive in UK evening Magda last seen - Investigation Insight - www.afentis.com
  12. 12. - Investigation Insight - www.afentis.com
  13. 13. Tomasz Sobczak  Recovery  Suitcase found  Human remains  Trace evidence • Fingerprints • Fibres & DNA  Digital Evidence  Computer usage  Cell Site Analysis  Accomplice?  How did suitcase get to deposition site? - Investigation Insight - www.afentis.com
  14. 14. ‘Judas Beast’ - Investigation Insight - www.afentis.com
  15. 15. Michael Mazur  Night Out  Drinking & fun  Party at flat  Mazur Missing  Facebook posts  Loude  Romantic w/e girlfriend  Travel to France - Investigation Insight - www.afentis.com
  16. 16. Michael Mazur  Missing Person  Advised by email  Body found • Shocking injuries  Digital Evidence  Text Messages  Facebook  Accomplice?  Footprint in blood - Investigation Insight - www.afentis.com
  17. 17. Victoria Couchman  Victoria  19yrs old  East Sussex  Walks Out  Argument w/ step dad  Leaves home - June  Missing Person  Social Media  Cell Site Analysis  Plastic Transactions - Investigation Insight - www.afentis.com
  18. 18. Victoria Couchman - Investigation Insight - www.afentis.com
  19. 19. Tony Couchman  Tony  45yrs old  Cell Site Analysis  Timing & locations  IMEI / IMSI  Computing  Browser cache  Deleted diary - Investigation Insight - www.afentis.com
  20. 20. Crime Scene to Court  Murder  Common Law offence  means rea / actus rea  No two cases alike  Sentencing  Life w/ minimum tariff  IPP  Make a difference  Unique opportunity  Challenging! - Investigation Insight - www.afentis.com
  21. 21. Digital Evidence NEW GROUND Tackling problems for which no protocols or case law exists WELL ROUNDED Protocols, Legal, Cryptography, Telecommunications, Operations Digital Evidence Analyst EXPERT WITNESS Confident & capable of dealing with direct challenge - Investigation Insight - www.afentis.com
  22. 22. - Investigation Insight - www.afentis.com
  23. 23. – AFENTIS FORENSICS – SCIENTISTS & EXPERT WITNESSES www.afentis.com

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