Bloodstain patterns event held
Leading figures in the world of forensic science have descended on Scotland to learn more about new advances in the study of bloodstain patterns.
The bi-annual conference of the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts (IABPA) is taking place over three days in Edinburgh.
Experts say the interpretation of bloodstain patterns - where the blood lands and the size and shape of droplets - can be crucial in building the case that puts a criminal behind bars.
By analysing bloodstains left at a crime scene, forensic scientists can help to determine how a victim was injured, the degree of force used against them and the type of weapon involved.
Such evidence was said to be key in the conviction of serial killer Peter Tobin, who is serving three life sentences for the murders of Vicky Hamilton, Angelika Kluk and Dinah McNicol.
The conference is being hosted by SPSA Forensic Services, part of the Scottish Police Services Authority (SPSA).
Tom Nelson, director of SPSA Forensic Services, said: "Bloodstain pattern analysis is vital in translating what happened at a crime scene.
"In the most extreme cases of murder it can allow the victim to talk to us from beyond the grave and tell us their story.
"This is a very prestigious forensic science conference and we are delighted to be hosting it here in Scotland.
"It is crucial that our scientists keep up to date with developments and events such as this provide the ideal platform."
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