YAT’s Dickson Laboratory for Bio-Archaeology helps prosecutors in high profile cases.

YAT’s Dickson Laboratory for Bio-Archaeology helps prosecutors in high profile cases.

Phyllis Dunleavy

Recent successes include the conviction of James Dunleavy for the murder, dismemberment and concealment of his mother, Phyllis, who was missing for several weeks.  The digital record of her body parts recovery taken by the Lab, was shown in court and received commendation from Justice Lord Jones and world-wide media attention.  To narrow the window of death staff at the Dickson Lab also determined deposition time botanically and analysed her stomach contents to link Mrs Dunleavy to time spent with her son.  James Dunleavy is now incarcerated for life.

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Hazel NorthLab assistance with the investigation of brutally murdered teenager Hazel North was also crucial to the prosecution of that case.  Hazel was missing for several weeks before found.  Staff from the Dickson Lab excavated and recorded digitally the body recovery, advising on duration.  In the lab, stomach contents were examined to determine events and timings of death.  Sieving the grave soil also found carpet fibres from the house where she died and paint from the spade used to dig the grave.  Crucially, staff linked the suspect definitively to the case.  Joseph Davies admitted his guilt in the protracted torture and murder of Hazel and is now serving 20 years in prison.

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