Working in the field of forensics we are used to dealing with the unexpected; from cheating students to drug cartels, over the years we have been asked to investigate some very unusual claims.
Stepping away from our usual post this week, we felt like taking a walk down memory lane and filling you in on some of the most bizarre cases we as experts have been instructed to work on.
- Convinced he had been implanted with a tracking device by the Police, we were asked to use our RF spectrometry scanner to appease a fretting mind. Very bizarre!
- Brazen doesn’t even come close, we were instructed to report in a case where a driver was charged with driving at 92 MPH steering with his knees and with his hands behind his head!
- Be sure to know what’s occurring in your back garden; we were instructed in a trial where the defendant was accused of operating a hydroponic system for producing marijuana in his garage, his claim, however, was that he had no idea what was taking place in his garage! Day one of the trial, the defendant arrives in a wheelchair having been “interviewed” by the drugs cartel for which the garage operation was set up. Our forensic evidence collapsed the defence case and the now invalided defendant pleaded guilty.
- IT Group was instructed in a dispute over the compatibility of certain printers with a particular version of Windows. Just before cross-examination, the opposing expert admitted he had not written his own report. As a result, IT Group’s expert was requested to act as a single joint expert in the case - something that very rarely happens, resulting in a very quick settlement! Later that day whilst the Barrister drafted a Tomlin order, in a bizarre turn of events, the CFO of the Claimant walked into the room with the demonstration printer from the courtroom in his hands, yelling “you can have your **** printer back!!”, before subsequently slamming it into the floor smashing it into pieces.
- Keep on top of your drivers, we were instructed in a trial in 2015 to investigate if a Windows 98 computer (remember windows 98?) could have printed an agreement using cyrillic characters to a HP laserjet 4…without installing any additional printer drivers.
- Hidden behind a proxy server? No problem, we were instructed to examine a Blackberry mobile phone to demonstrate that whilst an email was “sent” from a UK IP address, it was actually drafted and the send button was pressed by the user whilst they were physically located in China.
- Be careful who you trust with sensitive works, we were instructed after one student had their university doctorate submission rejected for alleged plagiarism. We managed to display that it was in fact our client who submitted the original works but had been duped into sharing the document with another student who had then electronically copied and submitted an adapted works, as if doctoral studies were not stressful enough!
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