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Violent crime including the causation of injuries

violent crime


As medical professionals forensic pathologists are undoubtedly best placed to comment on criminal cases of violent crime where the victim is not dead, but has sustained injuries, allegedly from a violent attack or some form of physical abuse.


Criminal cases of violent crime will often involve two very different versions of events and it is essential for the defence case that all questions surrounding the event are robustly addressed and that the evidence is interpreted correctly.


Allegations of violent crime

Whether as a result of your client's testimony, other available evidence or eye witness accounts, if there is any reason to suspect that the victim sustained the alleged injuries in a way which differs from the account put forward by the prosecution then the defence counsel should request the services of our Home Office Authorised Forensic Pathologist. 


How can our forensic pathologist assist in providing a defence case?

In relation to a case involving violent crime or alleged abuse, a review of the evidence could reveal information that supports the defendant’s version of events or re-affirms parts of the initial findings supporting the prosecution's case, or leads to alternative conclusions and questions which give reason to doubt the victim’s version of events.


These cases usually revolve around examination of photographs of the injuries sustained by the victim and possibly the defendant. It is the forensic pathologist’s task (based on photographic evidence, medical reports and eye witness accounts) to provide an opinion on whether the findings are consistent with the victim's or the defendant's version of events leading to the injury or whether they cannot say one way or the other.


Examples of questions critical to the defence case may include:


Forensic Equity is very privileged to have a number of forensic pathologists on the team all of whom are Fellows of the Royal College of Pathologists and most of whom are admitted to the Home Office Register of forensic pathologists.

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