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Professor Sue Black helps convict paedophile with hand comparison evidence

Published: 14 July 2012
Professor Sue Black

A paedophile in Scotland has been jailed, partly on the strength of hand comparison evidence offered by one our SuperIdentity project members - Professor Sue Black.

A nursery worker has been jailed for eight years for abusing two brothers.  The police obtained several photographs from Alexander Mortimer's computer, but he claimed that he was writing essays on child abuse during the course of which he may have accessed some websites.  However, Professor Sue Black compared the photographs with Mortimer's hand and found several similarities. 

This represents a courtroom success for the use of hand comparison, which Sue has been researching at the University of Dundee. 

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