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South African Journal of Criminal Justice - Volume 19, Issue 3, 2006
Volume 19, Issue 3, 2006
Author B.C. NaudeSource: South African Journal of Criminal Justice 19, pp 230 –333 (2006)More Less
Source: South African Journal of Criminal Justice 19, pp 276 –302 (2006)More Less
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) requested the South African Unit for Expert Evidence and Forensic Skills, based in the Faculty of Law at Rhodes University, to undertake a collaborative research project 'Science for Prosecutors'. The present author was consultant to this project, the major contributor and editor of the final report. This article outlines the focal points of the research project mentioned above and summarizes the recommendations which flowed from the research undertaken. The first five chapters of the report provide an overview of the law within which science must be integrated. The following chapters deal with a range of expert evidence - from syndrome evidence, DNA evidence, fingerprinting evidence, forensic investigation by examining computers and the use of behavioural evidence in sentencing. After a review of the entire report, the present author has formulated 14 recommendations for future action and further research projects, which may be seen as the essence of this article.
Utilisation and usefulness of face composites in the South African Police Service - an evaluation studySource: South African Journal of Criminal Justice 19, pp 303 –314 (2006)More Less
The current study investigates the degree to which face composites are utilised as an investigative tool in the South African Police Service. The article provides an overview of the conditions under which composites are produced by eyewitnesses to a crime, and points out constraints in terms of their usefulness and applicability. Composites were found to be produced after a longer delay than is recommended, and predominantly in violent and menacing crimes. Conviction rates for composite-related crimes were very low. However, more insight into actual use and case characteristics is needed before concluding on the usefulness of composites as an investigative tool or evidence. Directions for further research in this area are explored.
Author Tharien Van der WaltSource: South African Journal of Criminal Justice 19, pp 315 –319 (2006)More Less
Intermediaries appointed in terms of s 170A of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 : new developments? : commentSource: South African Journal of Criminal Justice 19, pp 334 –341 (2006)More Less
Author Danwood Mzikenge ChirwaSource: South African Journal of Criminal Justice 19, pp 342 –348 (2006)More Less