A case of paying for evidence


3 June 1994
The Independent
_F Robert Verkaik reports on the increasing use of expert witnesses who provide specialist courtroom testimony.

The decision last month to prosecute the forensic expert involved in the Stefan Kiszko case has highlighted the importance of the use of expert witnesses by the legal profession. Mr Kiszko, a 41-year-old Inland Revenue clerk, was convicted in 1976 of the murder of 11-year-old Lesley Molseed, in a case prosecuted by the now Lord Chief Justice, Peter Taylor QC, and defended by former Home Secretary David Waddington. In 1992, he won his appeal after serving 16 years in prison, but died last year. Ronald Outteridge, the police scientific expert in the case, is the first forensic scientist to face a charge of intending to pervert the course of justice.
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