Forensics 360

What is Forensics 360? 

Launched by the Jeremy Bamber Campaign, the project is a process of fundraising for forensics and between Wednesday 15th February to Friday 31st March 2017 will be the first phase.  This is to pay for a review of (a) all material evidence used at Jeremy's trial and (b) to provide new forensic evidence to ensure the freedom of Jeremy Bamber. We are looking at the case in its entirety, a full 360 degrees, to explore new avenues instead of searching very narrowly for new evidence.


How much do we need?

In this first phase of the project we are asking members of the public for their help with funding for forensic work on three pieces of evidence used at the trial. This will cost £6,000. This is to pay for a review of the Chain of Evidence on key items, which were presented to the jury. These items were therefore key to the conviction of Jeremy Bamber. It is our belief based on our assessment of evidence that many exhibits have been fabricated in various ways to prejudice the trial in favour of the prosecution. For this to be proven in a court of law we require expert testimony.


What is a Chain of Evidence review and why is it important?

A Chain of Evidence protects the integrity of material evidence obtained by police. It is a criminal offence to alter evidence chains because it can seriously affect the outcome of a trial in which the items are exhibits. The review will focus on the Chain of Evidence for trial exhibits, which will include the entire paper trails for key items presented at trial, including: seizure of the evidence, exhibit labels, forensic reference numbers, item numbers, laboratory tests, results, records, witness statements, property books, booking in logs, photographs and expert reports as well as cross referencing for consistency.

 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.