Forensic Fund on the 'Chain of Evidence' for scratch marks
We are currently campaigning to raise £2,000 for forensic work to be carried out on the ‘Chain of Evidence’ of a prosecution exhibit from the 1986 trial of Jeremy Bamber for which he is serving a Life Tariff in prison.
The prosecution claimed that scratches were made on the underside of the kitchen mantle during a ‘fight’ between Nevill and Jeremy. Nevertheless, the scratches are not present in photographs taken on the day of the tragedies but weeks after. This new forensic work will prove that the ‘Chain of Evidence’ of the scratch marks used in order to link paint on the sound moderator with the scratches in the red paint under the mantle was fabricated.
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. In this case there are serious and specific concerns about tampering with the ‘Chain of Evidence’ material. The report will then be used in conjunction with material already obtained for a new application to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.