Date: 7 June 2006
Fingerprint experts get independent backing
The four fingerprint experts who identified the
disputed fingerprint in the Marion Ross murder case as that of Shirley
McKie, today heard independent fingerprint experts tell the Justice
1 Committee's enquiry into SCRO that they independently confirmed
the identification of Shirley McKie's , and Marion Ross's disputed
fingerprints at the time of the original murder trial. Colleagues
from within the SCRO Glasgow fingerprint Bureau also told the enquiry
that a ‘blind test' confirmed the original ident, and that no pressure
had been put on staff to agree with their colleagues.
UNISON - the union that represents the staff at the bureau - said
that this meant further steps had been made in proving that there
had been no conspiracy.
UNISON spokesperson, Kath Ryall, said:
"These identifications from experts outwith
the SCRO give the lie to any suggestion of a conspiracy or cover-up.
It is surely inconceivable that independent experts - some appointed
by defence teams in the first instance - are also part of some malicious
Independent experts Peter Swann and Malcolm Graham
who were appointed to check the original fingerprint identification
by the McKie legal team and the team defending David Asbury respectively
both independently confirmed the identifications of fingerprint
Y7 and QI2. Also present was independent expert John Berry who checked
the marks after Peter Swann asked him to review his work, and came
to the same conclusion.
SCRO colleagues of the four experts - Alan Dunbar
the Quality Assurance Officer, and Robert McKenzie, Deputy Head
of Fingerprints, also gave evidence that after the Y7 fingerprint
identification had been made, they were told to arrange for other
experts to look at the fingerprint without knowing whose it was.
All these identifications confirmed the original.
Colleague Alistair Geddes - who was the expert
who was unable to find the full 16 point standard needed for court
in the print Y7 - confirmed to the Committee that no pressure had
been put on him within the Bureau to sign off the identification,
and that he was personally convinced that the identification of
the experts was correct, despite being able to find only 10 points
There will be a press conference with the experts
and their representatives held in Room no Q1.04 (Queensberry House)
of the Scottish Parliament immediately after they have finished
giving their evidence. Please contact Chris Bartter or Ken Macintosh
MSP for details
For Further Information Please Contact:
Kath Ryall (Regional Organiser) 07904 341 971(m)
Chris Bartter (Communications Officer) 07715 583 729(m) or 07958
Des McNulty MSP 07714 450 850(m)
Ken Macintosh MSP 07971 961 158(m)