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01-Dec-2011

Cybergenetics TrueAllele DNA evidence allowed in United Kingdom Massereene homicide trial

Belfast, NI

A Northern Ireland judge has ruled that TrueAllele® computer interpretation of DNA evidence is admissible. Defendants Colin Duffy and Brian Shivers deny murdering sappers Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey. The unarmed soldiers were collecting a pizza delivery when they were shot outside the Massereene army barracks in March 2009. Dr. Mark Perlin, Cybergenetics Chief Scientist, had testified in Antrim Crown Court about the TrueAllele methodology and DNA match results to items found in the alleged getaway car.

Mr. Justice Anthony Hart's TrueAllele ruling said "I am satisfied that the stage has now been reached in the case of this system where it can be regarded as being reliable and accepted, and I am satisfied that Dr. Perlin has given his evidence in a credible and reliable fashion. In the light of these conclusions I can see no basis on which I could properly exercise my discretion...to exclude this evidence, and I therefore admit it in evidence."


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