NPCC - Journal of Homicide and Major Incident Investigation

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Post  Andrew on Mon 18 Apr 2016, 11:10 pm

Read pages 48 to 67.

Fascinating really and well worth a read. (behind the scene similarities to Operation Grange......)

Operation Sorrento: The investigation into the murder of Pamela Jackson

Operation Sorrento was a large scale, high profile ‘No-body Murder’ investigation
which lasted over several months and stretched from County Durham to West
Yorkshire. The investigation was commenced following the report of a missing
person. It developed through phases of arrest, painstaking search, recovery of
evidence and in particular the eventual recovery of the remains of the victim
Pamela Jackson to full trial and conviction. It is a crime that was difficult to prove
from the outset, with the accused, Adrian Muir doing everything within his power to
frustrate the investigation and discovery of Pamela’s remains.

This article examines the circumstances of the crime, the main points of the SIOs
strategy and the lessons learned from the investigation.


Lot of stuff about Cameras in this one. Not read it all as yet though.

Some very interesting bed time reading (if you find it interesting that is).  Sleep

Page 45 plus..

Analysis of Photo Response Non-uniformity (PRNU)

Anna Bartle, Metropolitan Police Senior Digital Forensic Practitioner, Forensic
Services: Digital, Cyber and Communications.
Andy Langley, Metropolitan Police Crime Scene Manager, Forensic Services.

In 2012 Samsung estimated that 2.5 billion people worldwide had a digital
camera. Most are embedded in mobile phones but they are also found in tablets,
laptops and other devices as well as in conventional cameras. Their widespread
availability and mobility has meant that many criminal events or other situations
of interest to investigators are now captured on camera by offenders, witnesses
and victims. In many cases, these images and the cameras that took them form
a significant part of the material gathered by investigators. In some cases, it is
important to show that a particular image was taken by a known camera, and
the analysis of Photo Response Non-Uniformity (PRNU) provides a reliable
forensic technique to achieve this.

This article describes the PRNU procedure developed by the Metropolitan Police
Forensic Services’ Department of Digital, Cyber and Communications and
illustrates how it was used in Operation Heronbay to show that images linked to
the murder of 12 year old Tia Sharp were taken by a camera which could be
attributed to the offender Stuart Hazel.

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