Sexual Offences

Unravelling the complexities of the scientific evidence within the context of sexual offence cases is our area of particular expertise. Having worked in specialist sexual offence forensic teams for many years, we have extensive in depth practical and court experience from examining hundreds of this type of case, and we have held leading roles in setting standards for sexual offence examinations and their interpretation.

The evaluation and interpretation of scientific evidence in sexual offence cases can be complex and extremely challenging:

• Forensic findings may include a range of different traces including body fluids, DNA, damage, hair and fibre transfers.
• There can be a transfer of multiple body fluids across a number of different sexual acts.
• DNA profiling results are often mixtures which require a high level of expertise to interpret.

Because of the nature of sexual offences, the case presented to the court is very often confined to just one person’s word against another. The issue of consent may be key and the forensic findings may appear not to assist where they merely confirm that the alleged sexual act occurred which is not in dispute.

However, the devil is in the detail. Disputed versions of events can sometimes differ in only minor ways – a focus on these differences and a meticulous consideration of the forensic findings may assist in determining whether the scientific evidence supports one account over the other.

Our case studies  include some examples of our work in this area. Some of the questions that we are often asked regarding the evidence in sexual offences are included on our FAQ page.

We have unparalled expertise in this type of case, so can provide you with reliable and high quality advice.