The defendant appealed against his conviction saying that evidence of an ear-print expert had been wrongly admitted.
Held: The court rejected an argument based on Coutts. Ear-print evidence can be admitted provided the experts were appropriately experienced and the sample was sufficient. In this case the sample used was insufficient.
Lord Justice Latham, Mrs Justice Swift and Mr Justice Foskett
 EWCA Crim 975, Times 16-May-2008
England and Wales
Cited – Regina v Coutts HL 19-Jul-2006
The defendant was convicted of murder. Evidence during the trial suggested a possibility of manslaughter, but neither the defence nor prosecution proposed the alternate verdict. The defendant now appealed saying that the judge had an independent . .
Cited – Regina v Dallagher CACD 25-Jul-2002
The prosecution sought to bring into evidence an ear print. The defendant appealed.
Held: The science of identifying ear prints remained under development, but there was nothing to stop it being admitted where appropriately cautious directions . .
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Updated: 20 November 2021; Ref: scu.267554