About this event

  • Date and time Sat 19 Oct 2019 from 9:00am to 4:40pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Clinical Forensic and Legal Medicine

Using as a starting point a real-life murder and sexual assault, this meeting will approach the different forensic specialities who may be involved. You will learn about current best practice and ethical dilemmas in the field.

Experienced speakers will show how a single case can involve many different forensic and legal practitioners, and raise legal, clinical and ethical concerns for each of them.

Meeting topics:

  • Be aware of how a complex murder investigation evolves
  • Understand the roles of different forensic specialities
  • Know current best practice in custody and sexual offences medicine


19 October 2019

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction
Operation Stardust – A real murder investigation

David McGuire, Senior Crime Scene Investigator, Forensic Services Branch, Specialist Protective Services, CSI Hub Ashton, Ashton-under-Lyne Police Station

Forensic medical examination of the unconscious patient

Dr Michelle Carroll, Senior Forensic Physician/Clinical Lead, St. Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), Manchester and SAFE Place, Merseyside (Liverpool SARC) 

Tea and coffee break
Management of a murder suspect detained in police custody: Care of the suspect – Guidelines on fitness to be interviewed

Dr Margaret Stark, President Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine

Panel discussion
The Role of the Forensic Pathologist in homicide – From scene to court

Professor Keith Rix, Visiting Professor of Medical Jurisprudence, University of Chester, and Honorary Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

The role of the psychiatrist in a case of homicide 

Professor Keith Rix, Visiting Professor of Medical Jurisprudence and Honorary Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, University of Chester, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Tea and coffee break
How coroners would be involved

Mr Sean Horstead, Barrister and Assistant Coroner, Garden Court Chambers, Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and the City of Brighton & Hove

Panel discussion
Closing remarks
Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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