Regular readers of Resistance Radio's articles will recall the name LGC Forensics -- Britain's largest privately owned supplier of forensic services, which took over from the government-owned Forensic Science Service, which closed this month due to its losing up to £2m a month.
LGC Forensics' managing director Steve Allen boasts that the company provides "capacity and faster turnaround times for DNA analysis than in most other countries", and their evidence has been central to many high-profile British murder convictions -- including the convictions of David Norris and Gary Dobson in January, for the murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993.
We have previously detailed the many serious questions surrounding the forensic evidence that was central to Norris's and Dobson's convictions. During the trial, judge Justice Treacy even directed the jury that they should acquit both defendants, unless they were sure that scientific evidence tying them to the murder scene was not the result of contamination.
Earlier this month we reported how further doubt had been cast on the soundness of the convictions, after a rape trial collapsed following LGC Forensics' admission that a sample in its possession had become so contaminated during testing it could no longer be presented in evidence. The accuseds' DNA, taken in connection with another incident, had been allowed to contaminate a sample from the crime scene -- a location the man said he had never been anywhere near. This serious error led a "senior source" quoted in The Guardian to warn that:
Potentially this has national implications. Hundreds of cases will have to be reviewed. We have no idea what the parameters will have to be. It's serious – it's dealing with the credibility of the system.
Yesterday it was revealed that yet another serious error has been made by LGC Forensics, this time in connection to the bizarre case of the so-called "spy-in-a-bag" -- math genius and MI6 worker Gareth Williams, who in August 2010 was found dead at his London flat, his naked body zipped inside a sports holdall that had been padlocked from the outside.
At yesterday's interim hearing into Mr Williams' death, ahead of a full inquest next month, the court heard how a "mix-up" had been made over DNA found at the crime scene. The police believed that a sample of DNA found on his hand was their best lead in discovering who had locked Mr Williams into the bag, but as reported in yesterday's The Telegraph:
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