A Sussex man was convicted of murder in 2005. Forensic evidence presented at his
trial included pictures and webpages depicting scenes of violence, recovered from unallocated
space on his computer. Subsequent to his conviction, the victim's mother campaigned for
legislation against webpages containing scenes of death and violence. His successful appeal
against his conviction lead to a retrial.
Geek Ltd. were brought in to re-examine the computer evidence. We were able to recover web pages, pictures
and Internet activity records from unallocated space on the computer to show it had been used regularly,
over a period of years, to view violent sexual material online.
Dr Type was able to reconstruct
several pages that showed the defendant had navigated through complete violent sexual stories.
She presented clear expert testimony at the Old Bailey, and was asked by the QC to give evidence
on behalf of other experts. She was also asked to remain in court to give advice during the
defendant's testimony. He was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 26 years in prison.
A London man was charged with the possession of indecent images of children after printouts
had been found by his landlord in his room.
Geek Ltd. were asked to examine his computer system
and Dr Sharples found copies of the pictures in unallocated space. His extensive analysis lead
him to believe the pictures had been stored in an AOL mailbox, since deleted from the computer.
He wrote a software tool to extract both the AOL mailboxes and email picture attachments from
The tool recovered evidence that had been deleted two years prior to the seizure
of the exhibit. He was then able to view the mailbox as it appeared to the user. As a result, it was
found that the suspect had not only stored indecent pictures of children, but had regularly
distributed them to others via email.
The suspect was charged accordingly and after seeing Dr
Sharples' evidence pleaded guilty. He was given a 9 month custodial sentence.