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Time-dependent effects of human blood on the microscopic comparison of fired bullets

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dc.contributor.advisor Olivier, Nicolaas Jacobus Campher
dc.contributor.author Arendse, Wayne E. en
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-25T11:02:40Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-25T11:02:40Z
dc.date.issued 2009-08-25T11:02:40Z
dc.date.submitted 2008-05-31 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/2341
dc.description.abstract This dissertation consists of five chapters, each of which focuses on various aspects of the forensic discipline of Firearms and Toolmarks. This dissertation for the most part attempts to highlight the exposure of projectiles to blood and the degradation over time of the fine detail, which is necessary for microscopic examination. This study should be of interest to students and qualified role-players in forensic science, the criminal justice system, the law community and the general population globally. Chapter 1 identifies the research problem and the necessary steps that were taken to ensure that the research methodol.ogy applied is relevant and reliable. Chapter 2 focuses on various factors that have to be considered in damage to bullets and investigation procedures that should be followed to ensure that physical evidence is preserved for submitting to a forensic science laboratory. Chapter 3 investigates the degradation effects of fired bullets exposed to various materials in a laboratory environment and the timelines associated with the degradation effects. Chapter 4 evaluates the examination procedures for fired bullets and the contributing factors that may influence the striation marks on bullets needed for microscopic examination. It also examines the scientific method used for firearm identification, and explores the admissibility of physical evidence in a court of law. The final chapter, Chapter 5 discusses the findings and recommendation of this research study. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (various pagings)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject No keywords available en
dc.subject.ddc 363.2562
dc.subject.lcsh Forensic science
dc.subject.lcsh Criminal investigation
dc.subject.lcsh Forensic ballistics
dc.subject.lcsh Firearms -- Identification
dc.subject.lcsh Crime laboratories
dc.subject.lcsh Bullets -- Identification
dc.subject.lcsh Forensic hematology
dc.subject.lcsh Evidence, Real
dc.subject.lcsh Microscopy
dc.subject.lcsh Trace evidence
dc.title Time-dependent effects of human blood on the microscopic comparison of fired bullets en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.contributor.email djagegjj@unisa.ac.za en
dc.description.department Criminology en
dc.description.degree M. Tech. (Forensic Investigation) en


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