Which items will the Chain of Evidence work focus on?
This is not a speculative investigation but a follow up on areas, which have already been identified to be of importance to the conviction and which show signs of tampering.
The bullets – One of the bullets recovered from Sheila Caffell was presented as ‘whole’ at trial, which was impossible if it was the same bullet recovered from her body by the pathologist and supported by x-rays as it was fragmented into at least 15 pieces. If this Chain of Evidence was tampered with it suggests that the bullets were swapped, possibly in the hope that bullets fired through a sound moderator end up in a different state to those not fired through a moderator.
Scratch evidence – The Chain of Evidence for the scratch marks needs to be investigated because the defence contends that photographs of the scratches were not taken on the day of the tragedies but weeks after. This contention is supported by many witness statements as well as photographs taken on the morning of the 7th August 1985. This work will prove that evidence of the scratch mark used in order to link the sound moderator with a fight in the kitchen during the tragedies was fabricated.
Hand swabs – Sheila Caffell’s hands were found to have very low levels of lead on them and the prosecution deemed this to be proof that she did not handle a gun, which had been fired 25 times. Nevertheless, the evidence of swabs taken from her hands had been tampered with and were initially rejected at the lab. Also, their exhibit numbers were changed. It is possible that Sheila's swabs were swapped with Nevill Bamber’s.
When do we need funding and where will the reports go?
For these initial three forensic issues we have a six-week time limit to obtain £6,000 for this work to be done by forensic experts in the relevant fields. The scientists will provide court reports on the handling of the evidence. This will enable the defence to prove that the trial jury was misled by exhibits that had been manipulated to pervert the course of justice. The reports will then be used with material already obtained in a new application for the Criminal Cases Review Commission.