Use of data to inform expert evaluative opinion in the comparison of hand images - the importance of scars

Jackson, Graham and Black, Sue (2014) Use of data to inform expert evaluative opinion in the comparison of hand images - the importance of scars. International Journal of Legal Medicine, 128 (3). pp. 555-563. ISSN 0937-9827

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Abstract

Evaluation of a likelihood ratio is widely recognised as the most logical and appropriate means of assessing and expressing the weight of expert scientific evidence. This paper describes the application of such an approach to cases involving the comparison of images of hands that contain visible scars. Such evidence is frequently provided in cases of alleged child sexual abuse in which images of the perpetrator's hand are compared with images of the suspect/accused's hand. We illustrate how data provided from a database of hand images can be used to inform the probabilities that are an essential part of evaluating a likelihood ratio and, hence, how data have a bearing on the appraisal of the weight of evidence that can be attributed when scars are present within an image.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Legal Medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2734
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Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Medicine
ID Code: 132676
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 15 Apr 2019 09:15
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2020 11:55
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/132676

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