Comparison Macroscopy is used to compare test-fired material (bullets and cartridge cases) against that recovered from the scene or injured party. Exhaustive tests can confirm or exclude an item from having been discharged in a particular firearm. It is used extensively in the field of firearms identification. Modern Comparison Macroscopes are highly engineered instruments, capable of high-resolution digital capture.
Following a shooting a person found in possession of a rifle some ten years later was charged with murder. After forensic examination it was concluded that the fatal bullet was most likely discharged from that rifle.
Our forensic ballistics experts are highly trained and experienced in Comparison Macroscopy, with years of experience they are able to utilise the latest 3D technology to aid findings and conclusions. In this case after our forensic expert examined and test fired the rifle, his comparison indicated that it was not the weapon used in the murder.
Assess the condition of weapon(s).
Test fire and recover bullets and cartridge cases for comparison.
Conduct comparison macroscopy of test fired material with evidence material.
Review the original comparison macroscopy findings and report(s).
Review the original forensic examination, findings and report(s).
Re-interpret the findings in the light of your client’s version of events.
Re-examine any firearms, ammunition or scene related items that have been retained by the police.
Examine additional evidence.
Comment on factors that may not have been considered in original forensic report.
Prepare reports or statements for use in court, both criminal and civil.
Attend court to give evidence or to support the defence team by assisting with cross-examination.
The charge against the defendant was withdrawn.