Case Study

Thomas Smart

1 September 2021

Thomas Smart was convicted of possessing live ammunition following a bullet keyring being found at his home. The keyring was sent to the Government’s Forensic Science Service (FSS) for testing, and they concluded it was a live round. He felt forced to plead guilty to the crime. His conviction was quashed after the FSS admitted that the wrong exhibit had been examined.

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“When forensics experts said it was a live bullet Mr Smart was forced to plead guilty to the crime and suffered depression and anxiety due to his arrest and wrongful conviction, judges were told.”

BBC News