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Suspicious deaths

suspicious deaths


Suspicious deaths are those where the cause of death or the circumstances surrounding the event are thought to be suspicions. It must therefore be examined in order to establish whether the death was manslaughter, murder, suicide, accident or indeed natural.


Forensic pathology consists of an examination of a body after death, in cases where the death is suspicious. The role of the forensic pathologist is to determine the cause of death and the circumstances surrounding the incident, which led to the death.


Post mortem

The initial post mortem should involve a thorough examination of the body, both externally and internally. During this process anything at all unusual should be noted by the forensic pathologist, including amongst other things: injuries, scarring, discolouration. The post mortem report will then be released and can often constitute a significant proportion of the prosecution’s evidence.


However, occasionally, the forensic pathologist may have missed a crucial detail during the original post mortem examination, which could prove pivotal to the defence case.


Whether as a result of the defendant's testimony or other available evidence, if there is any reason whatsoever to suspect that the person died from something other than the alleged actions of the defendant (i.e. natural causes) or in a manner incompatible with the theory put forward by the prosecution, we would recommend that counsel request the services of our Home Office Authorised forensic pathologist, in order that they may carefully consider the results and conclusions of the original report. 


Our forensic pathologist would take the following steps to review your client’s case:


A review, by our forensic pathologist, of the post mortem findings or a second post mortem could reveal new information or lead to a different interpretation regarding:


Forensic Equity is very proud to have a number of forensic pathologists on the team, all of whom are Fellows of the Royal College of Pathologists and some who are also admitted to the Home Office Register of forensic pathologists.

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