This was a joint project with SPSA to provide information on the blood splatter profiles when an assailant kicks or jumps on a victim. A custom-made instrument was manufactured at the police forensic laboratories to provide a repeatable kicking force. To verify the correct operation of the ‘kicking’ instrument IMAR designed a stand to allow a force platform to be mounted vertically. Tests were then carried out in IMAR’s laboratory to verify the repeatability of the kick force and provide calibration information. A standard positioned force plate was also used to verify and provide calibration information on a second ‘stamping instrument’. The final trials performed using pig tissue and horse blood were performed at the SPSA forensic laboratories in Dundee.
Work presented at:
Scottish Police Authority Services and Scottish Institute for Policing Research Conference, 14th - 15th September 2010, Dundee, UK. “A study of blood patterns from kicking and stamping reconstructions and its application to case assessment and interpretation”. A Whigham, E Tucker, B Mallinder, K Robertson, G Jackson, R J Abboud, G Arnold, J Fraser.