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Practical forensic investigation of a set-up crime scene
Apr 19, 2017

Practical forensic investigation of a set-up crime scene

Third year students from the GBE Department had a practice in the investigation and examination of the crime scene. The goal of the practice was for the students to put their knowledge in practice and solve the crime scene case using evidence collection, suspect examination and deduction from presented information.


On the 30th of March, a ruthless murder happened within the International Burch University’s premises. More precisely, it happened in the Genetics and Bioengineering laboratories sometime near midnight. The motives of this crime were unknown as the victim was in good relations with everyone at the University.

Third year students from the GBE Department had a practice in the investigation and examination of the crime scene. The goal of the practice was for the students to put their knowledge in practice and solve the crime scene case using evidence collection, suspect examination and deduction from presented information.

Evidence collection must be done according to strict instructions and any deviation in evidence collection can be a liability in court where the perpetrator's guilt is to be proven. Therefore, the students should have learned those procedures before the start of the practice. After collecting the evidence, a narrow list of suspects can be made and after their examination, if the deduction of the students is good enough, they can confirm who the perpetrator is (in this case acted by one of the assistants).

The crime scene was very bloody and very hard to analyze. Nonetheless, evidence was collected and analyzed which could then exclude the suspects one by one. The fingerprints were quite hard to read; therefore, they could not be used as prime evidence for a definite conclusion of the perpetrator. However, since some plant evidence specific for the Krajina region of Bosnia and Herzegovina was recovered from the crime scene, one of the suspects, which was from Krajina, was further investigated and due to the lack of alibi the suspect, whose name will not be mentioned for the security of the investigation, admitted the crime and will be awaiting a trial soon after.

Such a practice on a crime scene is very informative and good for imprinting the theoretical knowledge into habits that the student will need if he chooses to pursue a career in forensics. Hence, it is great in helping students memorize all the details that would otherwise be hard to memorize straight from the book. Finally, the theoretical knowledge is meaningless without a practical coverage and its understanding in the practical field.