Seran Burton Case

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SEAN BURTON has been charged with the murder of JAMES STOKER. The prosecution case is that BURTON was jealous of STOKER’s relationship with BURTON’S ex-wife and in order to monitor the activity of the couple, BURTON placed a GPS device under STOKER’s car. The GPS tracker was able to monitor STOKER’s location and this data was being sent directly to BURTON’s computer. On 21st July 2014, BURTON used the GPS device to track STOKER’s whereabouts and in a jealous rage attacked him; stabbing him nearly twenty times in his upper body. Information from a police informant led to the arrest of BURTON and BURTON was charged with the offence. At the first hearing BURTON pleaded not guilty to this offence and a trial date was fixed. Dr James Wilson, a …show more content…

He can use this knowledge to help the court understand the finding he has compiled into his report. The evidence that Dr Wilson produces may not be admissible if the judge doesn’t consider his knowledge or his experience in such a subject to be note worthy. This relates to his interest in GPS mapping, this interest is irrelevant in the court of law as any civilian could have that identical interest. The issue that he court has is determining if the expert has experience and knowledge in the topic of GPS mapping. Dr Wilson must provide a simple explanation on his findings that the judge and the jury can use in aiding the decisions they have to make. The information he has to provide must be wholly fact and not any personal opinion. This means that he could not say that he thinks it was Mr Burton access the GPS on his computer unless he has evidence that proves this statement to be fact. Another issue that could effect the admissibility of the report is if it doesn’t meet the requirements that have been distinguished by the court of practice. So in my view for Dr Wilson to be considered an expert witness his knowledge of the GPS mapping has to be of a standard that can be relied upon to aid a court of law into making a decision based upon facts. Also Dr Wilson must be able to provide this evidence in a form that …show more content…

The expert must list the qualifications and experience that he has that relates to the subject that the court requires information about. Also document any findings that the expert has used in the creation of the report. He must also make sure to state that the facts in the report are based of his own experience and knowledge. The report Dr Wilson will create must meet the instructions and obligations and duty to the court. The report should always maintain a professional manner and not contain any opinion or statements that aren’t facts. The report itself should be written to address the court. All experts’ reports must contain the statements of truth. This must not be changed and stay exactly how it was given. “ I confirm that I have made clear which facts and matters referred to in this report are within my own knowledge and which are not. Those that are within my own knowledge I confirm to be true. The opinions I have expressed represent my true and complete professional opinions on the matters to which they refer.” On top of this any Forensic tests that Dr Wilson carried out must be documented in a form that is understandable. Another qualified expert must supervise these tests and their qualifications must be also listed. The report that is complied may need ot changed at a later date this might be because of new evidence coming to light or because of questioning that has taken place in the court

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