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Glass Fragments & Materials Transfer

Broken windscreen glass

Our glass experts can analyse glass from a scene and compare it to that which has been found on a person's clothing.  Our experts can prepare detailed forensic reports commenting on the pertinent aspects of the evidence, including secondary and tertiary transfer issues.

If glass is broken during an incident, the breaker or anyone nearby may be showered with glass fragments. Someone arrested shortly after such an incident may retain some glass fragments on their clothing. These fragments can be recovered, analysed and compared with samples of broken glass. The significance of finding matching glass is assessed by considering the specific circumstances of the case and any account provided by the defendant. Similar principles apply to the recovery of other materials from a crime scene, such as building debris or fibres, which can be subsequently compared with samples from a suspect’s body or clothing.