Simon Bunter
BSc(Hons), FFS

Simon Bunter is a Fingerprint Expert and Forensic Scientist.  He has been employed as a Fingerprint Specialist since 1997, initially with the North Yorkshire Police Fingerprint Bureau as a Fingerprint Expert and latterly with Keith Borer Consultants in an enhanced role as a Forensic Scientist.  As a Fingerprint Expert he specialises in the identification of fingerprints and establishing whether errors have occurred.  Mr Bunter is experienced in scrutinising the practices and procedures of Police Fingerprint Bureaux and has provided several reports questioning fingerprint comparison methodology and accuracy of results.

As a Forensic Scientist his expertise includes how items and surfaces were touched or handled and determining the possible age of fingerprints.  He has had articles published in scientific journals, mainly with regard to the persistence and longevity of fingerprints on different types of surfaces at crime scenes.  He has also given several presentations to solicitors, barristers and police Fingerprint Officers.

Mr Bunter has the following qualifications: BSc (Applied Science and Forensic Measurement) and Fellow of the Fingerprint Society.  Keith Borer Consultants operates a Continuous Professional Development Scheme for all staff.  Within this scheme he has successfully completed independent fingerprint competency tests from different providers.  He also undertakes regular training and development in the field of Fingerprint Evidence, including attending conferences.

Mr Bunter examined fingerprint evidence and provided expert reports in the following notable cases:

Regina v Smith – A high profile case in the fingerprint community, in which Mr Bunter provided oral evidence to the court refuting the correctness of the police Fingerprint Experts’ 'identification'.

Regina v Whitworth – A case involving a fingerprint ‘identification’ with a significant number of ‘matching’ ridge characteristics.  The case was dropped by the CPS when Mr Bunter queried several apparent discrepancies between the two prints.

Regina v Honey – Mr Bunter was able to show that, despite the door in question being painted over and thoroughly cleaned down, the defendant’s fingerprint and palm print had persisted for several years since the defendant had legitimate contact with it.

Regina v Bogle – Mr Bunter’s thorough forensic examination of the drainpipe at the scene showed that the defendant’s thumb print could easily have persisted for the 10 year period since he fitted the drainpipe to the property.

Regina v Jordan – Mr Bunter was able to demonstrate that the fingerprint lift had not been recovered from the item as alleged by the prosecution.

Regina v Homans – An arson case where the defendant’s fingerprints were allegedly found on sheets of ‘burnt’ newspaper.  Mr Bunter showed that the newspaper was not burnt and the positions of the fingerprints were consistent with the defendant reading the newspaper.

Regina v Calkin – What sounded like a thorough cleaning regime by the complainant was shown not to have removed the prints of the defendant who had previous legitimate access several months or even years earlier.

Mr Bunter can be contacted at our Durham office.

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