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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Professor Julian Ellis is a Chartered Textile Technologist with more than 38 years of experience in the industry, and has been awarded an OBE by HM Queen for his services to the technical textiles industry and for services to the welfare of prisoners.
He has a wide experience of most textile manufacturing processes, from fibre manufacture to garment assembly. His experience as an expert witness over the last 25 years has brought him to give evidence in many different types of court in the United Kingdom: Crown Court, Count and High Courts, Magistrate's Courts and even the Social Security Court and VAT Tribunal. He is experienced (and trained) in acting as a Single Joint Expert.
Julian is an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham, a Fellow of the Textile Institute, having been the youngest Fellow at the time of his elevation to that grade from Associateship. He is a Member of the Royal Institute of Chemistry and a Member of the Academy of Experts
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Some Case Histories
The victim was strangled with nylon tights, and later her body was doused in petrol and set fire to. The question asked was whether or not the nylon had tightened around the victim's neck as a result of the fire, or whether the tights had always been tight around her neck.
Although theory indicated clearly that the nylon would have melted rather than shrunk as suggested, experimentation was necessary. A flesh simulant was made, and a neck shaped fashioned from it. Nylon tights were tied around the neck in the same knot as found on the victim, and different nylon tights subjected to fire from a blowlamp, from a dry oven, and other heat sources. At no time did the tights tighten further: they always melted first.
This work was carried out during the trial, and my evidence was ready for presentation within the requested 48 hours allowed for the work.
The accused said that the deceased had torn her nylon tights herself, and that she had said she would claim that he had attempted to rape her. I was requested to examine nylon tights worn by the deceased. My findings were that the damage caused to the tights had probably been damaged during the hours before the murder, rather than during the assault itself.
The victim had torn jeans. The accused said that they had been torn as the victim stepped down into his boat and caught the fabric on a small hook. The victim said that the trousers had been torn by the accused gripping the trousers at the back and one side front while she held them at the front to try to stop him. Close examination of the tear indicated that the tear had started at the top rather than the bottom of the fabric damage, indicating a preference for the evidence of the victim.
The accused said that the victim had torn her trousers trying to remove them in the rush of passion, the victim that she had been holding the trousers at the sides trying to prevent them being pulled down by the accused. Experimentation on a similar pair of trousers backed up the expected theoretical answer that the tear had been started when the victim had been holding the trousers as she had described, and the accused ripping them off by unzipping them and pulling them by gripping them at each size of the front zip.
The accused had served some fifteen years in prison on a life sentence for rape. He had always claimed his innocence. The case had been reopened following a false allegation of rape by the original complainant. My examination of the original fibre evidence agreed with the original evidence of the first forensic scientist, that the fibre evidence was very weakly supportive of the accused’s presence at the scene of the original alleged incident. The convicted man had his conviction quashed and was released.
The accused had been in a fight with the deceased after the deceased had tried to steal his lorry from his yard. The deceased had apparently pulled a knife and during the fight the deceased had received a cut injury to the rear of his knee. There was extensive blood loss. The prosecution asked why there was no trail of blood from where the fight was said to have taken place. Theoretical calculation, backed up by experimentation demonstrated that the trousers of the accused had absorbed a considerable quantity of blood before the trail of blood would have started.
Death by Misadventure
In the Coroner's Court it was suggested that deceased was chased or pulled into a river by a police dog. The deceased was unable to swim and had subsequently drowned. Examination of the clothing of the deceased indicated that there was no damage to the clothing of the deceased consistent with contact with a dog's teeth.
The claimant had suffered a suspicious fire in his textile factory, although suggestions that it had been started deliberately were unsubstantiated. A significant payment was made for a total loss of machinery. After one year a very large business financial loss claim was submitted to the insurers, who asked for an examination of production records in conjunction with work being done by a forensic accountant. Within a huge amount of production and other paperwork, I found a document written two days after the fire suggesting strongly that the machinery was only lightly damaged and that a fraudulent claim would be submitted. The production figures in the claim were found to have been significantly overstated, and the repaired machinery tracked down in an Eastern European factory.
The claimant had suffered water damage to fabric stored in a warehouse, following a rainstorm. The insurers did not believe that cotton goods could be damaged so extensively. A detailed report following investigation made clear that the fabric had been damaged irreparably.
A brand protection agent insisted that the labelling relating to factory of origin was incorrect on allegedly counterfeit goods. Investigation revealed that the goods were genuine clearance items made some years previously in a factory not used by the brand owners for some years. The records of the brand protection agent were held to be incorrect.
The regulations relating to hood cords for young people were allegedly breached by a retailer. Careful measurement indicated that the goods just fell inside the requirements, but I advised the retailer to change their checks on all incoming goods with hoods for young people, and later change all hooded garment designs.
The trawler owner was accused of lacing the cod-end of a fishing net to the rest of the trawl bag, rather than sewing it. I was able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the court that the cod-end was, given its literal meaning, sewn, as the regulations required.
Grievous Bodily Harm
The injured person was involved in a drunken fight with the accused. The accused claimed that the damaged Rugby shirt worn by the injured was torn by the IP himself. By examination of the structure of the shirt and the tear, I formed the opinion that the tear was indeed more consistent with the damage having been done by the injured person himself.
Examination of the way in which soiling of clothing worn by the victim, indicated that her story was more likely to be accurate than that of the accused. However, in another case, it was clear that the minimal soiling of clothing when the alleged victim had said the ground was muddy and slippery indicated that the allegation was probably false. The accused was acquitted.
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Julian Ellis is retiring, and not accepting new instructions as Expert Witness