UK : Police forced to reopen 350 cases botched by forensics officer who lied about credentials

Stephen Beattie, a senior forensics officer, was suspended and then quit in 2011 after it emerged that he exaggerated his expertise

[This ethical transgression was first reported almost 5 years ago. Seems that this forensic review process described below was not a top priority.]

More than 350 police probes spanning 15 years were reopened after it emerged they had been botched by a senior forensics officer who lied about his qualifications.

Stephen Beattie worked for Staffordshire then Cleveland Police and told both he was a level two fire investigator.

But watchdog the IPCC found he had no academic qualifications in the field and exaggerated his expertise.

The cases reopened included 141 suspicious deaths and 214 arsons .

Beattie, 51, who was suspended and quit in 2011, inappropriately recorded his own opinion on how crimes occurred and did not handle items correctly.

Read more : Chief constable guilty of misconduct resigns amid political pressure

IPCC commissioner Cindy Butts said: “Beattie lied about qualifications and made judgments outside his remit.”

The CPS said no criminal charges will be brought but Beattie got an official caution over a fraud offence.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/police-forced-reopen-350-cases-6821290

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Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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