Trinitas Forensics is an independent practice that offers forensic advice and consulting for civil and criminal matters. It was founded in 2018 by Mary Gordon, after completing her bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science. The practice incorporates more than 30 years of experience and knowledge possessed by a forensic expert, Dr David Klatzow.
For justice to run its course as it should, it is pertinent that the truth is established. This is when forensic scientists are helpful to the justice system and their expertise may contribute to the outcome of cases.
Ballistics is the science or study of firearms, projectiles and the effects thereof. This field of study includes the matching of a projectile to a firearm through the comparison of individual characteristics produced by the firearm on various parts of the projectile and the casing.
Drunk driving or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), is the crime of driving a motor vehicle after ingesting such substances to a level where the driver’s driving capabilities are impaired and he/she is unable to drive safely.
Such a case usually begins at a roadblock manned by law enforcement officials where breathalyzer tests are administered, or after motor vehicle accident when blood tests are done on parties involved to determine whether or not alcohol could have been contributory to the cause of the incident.
If a breathalyzer test shows that the individual is over the legal limit for breath alcohol of 0,24 mg per 1000 ml, the individual will be taken to a medical centre for blood to be drawn. Once the blood has been drawn, it is sent to SAPS Forensic Laboratories for testing where a blood alcohol certificate will be issued and used as evidence when the case goes to court. The legal limit for blood alcohol is 0,05 mg per 100ml.
Illegal substances, or drugs, are substances that affect normal body functioning and are forbidden by law because of the effects that they have. This includes drugs such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and ecstasy. Cases involving such substances come about when individuals are found to be using, carrying, producing or selling these substances.
Fingerprints are used as evidence to connect a victim, suspect or witness to a crime. They are created by ridges on the fingertips that are formed before birth and are statistically unique to each individual, even identical twins, unlike DNA. The process of comparing fingerprints involves analysing each print independently and thereafter, comparing the findings to determine whether or not the prints match. A match or an exclusion is based on a certain number of points matching or not. Although fingerprint analysis is used very frequently in the solving of crimes, the process is not an exact science and different law enforcement agencies in different countries have different standards in terms of what is a match and what is not.
Fires can start in a number of ways. This includes arson or the deliberate starting of a fire, explosions, electrical malfunctions, ash or coals from another fire, glass, cigarette buts, etc. Fires can lead to the destruction or damage of infrastructure, buildings, vegetation as well as injury and/or death.
Forensic services are useful for determining how insurance claims relating to fire, death, medical conditions, etc. are handled and whether or not they should be paid out. Our services are available for the insurer as well as the insured.