TFEG Newsletter Oct ’16
Don’t trust atoms, they make up everything.
|1. Analysis of Pet Remains: From Aug – Sep 2016, TFEG was approached by a several public individuals who doubted the authenticity of their pet cremains they have collected. The physical appearance of the bone ashes they received raised suspicions. Read more about the news on Channel News Asia. Find out what TFEG does for non-routine testing of unknown substances.
2. Traffic Accident Reconstruction: On 16 May 2014, a fatal traffic accident occurred on Woodlands Avenue 5 in the direction of Woodlands Avenue. TFEG was engaged to review the HSA report, analyse video footage from the driver’s car, and evaluate the driver’s statement, police sketch plan, scene photographs and reports in order to provide a second expert opinion. The key findings and conclusions in TFEG’s report were significantly different from the HSA report. During the third tranche of the trial in August 2016, the HSA scientist was cross-examined and re-examined. TFEG’s scientist will take the stand in the next tranche 2017. Read more.
3. Crime Scene Reconstruction for Geylang Lor 9 Murder: Lim Chin Chin, a former Senior Consultant forensic scientist from the Health Sciences Authority and current TFEG expert, testified in court on 19 August 2016, on a murder case involving the killing of Zhao Jinhua by her roommate, Jiang Yu Mei. Findings related to the scene, exhibits and reconstruction of events were presented at the trial. Read more.
4. The signature may be authentic, but is the document?: In a High Court Civil Suit, TFEG was engaged to conduct forensic document examination and provide expert opinion on the authenticity of a multi-page business agreement, of which the signatures of the Plaintiff was in dispute. TFEG’s findings showed that although it was likely that the disputed signatures were signed by the Plaintiff, the evidence also indicated that some of the pages had been inserted into the document, i.e. the agreement had been tampered with.
|Primers for Lawyers in Law Gazette|
|Controlled Drugs: Due to the heavy penalties imposed on drug consumption, possession and trafficking in Singapore, it is of paramount importance that the analysis of evidence associated with drugs-related cases be accurate, reliable and robust. Although the analysis of controlled drugs in bulk and in urine specimens generally follows well-established and routine methods, stringent quality assurance of the processes, and sound interpretation of the findings must be emphasised. This article highlights the key concepts, procedures and challenges in controlled drugs analysis and interpretation. Read more.
Past articles: Forensic Toxicology (May ‘16), Unknown Chemicals and Materials (Mar ’16), Fire
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“Analytical Solutions for Forensic Science Applications” Seminar, New Delhi, India, 9 Sept 2016.
Our experts, Ms Lim Chin Chin and Ms Chia Poh Ling, were invited to speak on “Recent Advances Made in Forensic Chemistry and Questioned Documents Examinations” (abstract) and “Review of Global Standards and Trends in Forensic Testing” (abstract) to the personnel for the New Delhi Government forensic labs and university.
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