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Success in drug proceedings as case dropped due to defence forensic DNA report.

Success in drug proceedings as case dropped due to defence forensic DNA report.

David Woods, recently represented a male charged with possession with intent to supply class A drugs. The co-accused had accepted full responsibility for possession of the drugs and confirmed to the police that the male was not involved in the preparation, transport or sale of the drugs.

Despite this admission, the male was charged and Dyfed Powys Police instructed the forensic examination of the packaged drugs. Upon examination of all the packages the expert found a small trace of DNA belonging to the male was located on a small proportion of the packaging. The DNA trace was so small it had not been identified on the first examination.

The forensic report relied upon by the prosecution did not go far enough and Mr Woods sought to obtain a second forensic report. The second report identified a number of flaws in the initial forensic examination and also sought to address the possible explanations of the presence of the male’s DNA. The report clearly set out explanations for the secondary transfer of the male’s DNA. Upon service of report the prosecution offered no evidence and the case against the male was dropped.

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