Session 12. Monday Afternoon, April 30, 2012

SESSION 12. Monday Afternoon, April 30, 2012
13:37@skynewsgathererForensic scientist Ros Hammond now giving evidence
WITNESS: Ros Hammond
13:39@skynewsgathererMs Hammond is explaining that DNA on Gareth's hand was actually from fellow scientist. Error was only discovered on Feb 8 2012
13:48@skynewsgathererMs Hammond says it is first time she has come across this sort of error - it was mistake in manually inputting data into system
13:51@skynewsgathererScientist got a 3 and 5 mixed up. There are now automatic computer checks in place to prevent it happening again, inquest told
13:59@skynewsgathererThere's evidence from at least 2 other unaccounted for people in Gareth's flat, says scientist
14:00@skynewsgathererHowever Ms Hammond says DNA can last for weeks, even years
14:01@skynewsgathererBlood stain on bag and carpet came from Gareth, scientist tells inquest
14:02@skynewsgathererAll other DNA stains tested gave a profile which matched Gareth's inquest told
14:03@skynewsgathererThere was DNA on bag handles which was not Gareth's but no clear profile found, inquest told
14:13@skynewsgathererWitness says DNA tests on a towel are still ongoing which could prove helpful in a future criminal trial
14:14@skynewsgathererTests on towel will be concluded "within weeks" says Ms Hammond
14:18@skynewsgathererWitness says that if someone else locked the padlock, she would not necessarily expect to find their DNA
14:20@skynewsgathererDNA is transferred at a different level depending on circumstances, eg: whether hands had been recently washed and type of surface
14:22@skynewsgathererSteve Allen, who is responsible for running LGC forensics division, is now giving evidence
WITNESS: Steve Allen
14:24@skynewsgathererCoroner says the mistake in inputting data was an "error waiting to happen" and asks why safe guards were not in place
14:29@skynewsgathererGary Pugh, head of Met Police forensics, now up. He says DNA presented to court can be relied upon
WITNESS: Gary Pugh
14:33@skynewsgathererEvidence in Gareth Williams inquest now finished for today. Coroner says she hopes to give her verdict Wednesday
END OF SESSION 12. Monday Afternoon, April 30, 2012

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