Forensic Science

Assassin slit throat of Pharaoh Ramses III to alter line of succession

The Screaming Mummy (left) found with Ramses III (right) may be the mummy of Prince Pentawere, believed executed for his role in Ramses' murder. Photos: SCMP

An assassin slit the throat of Egypt's last great pharaoh at the climax of a bitter succession battle, scientists say in a report on the 3,000-year-old royal murder.

Wednesday, 19 December, 2012, 4:38am

Forensic expert rejects cyanide explanation for Heywood's death

Neil Heywood, murder victim

A high-profile forensic expert with the mainland's top prosecutorial body has publicly challenged the official account of the cause of death of British businessman Neil Heywood, whose murder triggered the country's biggest political scandal in two decades.

28 Sep 2012 - 3:08am

The science behind crime investigation

The popular television drama Crime Scene Investigation has made a lot of people like the idea of being a forensic scientist, rushing around crime scenes collecting evidence, tracing murderers.

8 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Crime does pay for this scientist

Just like detectives in crime fiction, forensic chemists collect evidence at crime scenes, do tests in labs and present reports in court. They tackle crimes from burglary to homicide, solving mysteries and helping enforce the law.

Young Post meets To Kwong-yuk, chief chemist at the Forensic Science Division of the Government Laboratory.


3 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Legislators want more data on collapse

Director of Buildings Au Choi-kai received a grilling yesterday from legislators dissatisfied with the lack of a concrete finding in Monday's preliminary report of the investigation into January's fatal collapse of a To Kwa Wan tenement building.

28 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Police find teen sought over dumped embryo

A young woman, suspected to be the mother of a human embryo found dumped outside a refuse-collection centre in Tseung Kwan O yesterday, was in hospital last night after police investigating the discovery found her in a park near her King To House flat.

6 May 2008 - 12:00am

Investigations must play by the rules

The American television drama CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) has been one of the most popular programmes worldwide since first broadcast in 2000.

In some episodes the programme will deal with data on a computer which the team will extract for legal purposes. This is called forensic computing and it is a growing industry in America and other parts of the world.

29 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

New weapon to fight hi-tech crime

Crime fighters hope software to be introduced soon will help foil computer crooks who are using ever more sophisticated ways to hide evidence.

The police technology crime division will use the software to collect data from computers that might have been used in crimes.

13 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Justice chief hails the role of forensics

Apart from helping track down criminals, forensic science plays a more important role - proving the innocence of wrongly convicted people, the secretary for justice says.

23 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Kissel defence rests, final witness not called

Defendant's side finishes putting its case unexpectedly after computer expert tells trial of internet searches for pornographic websites

The defence counsel for Nancy Kissel closed his case unexpectedly yesterday after he finished his re-examination of a computer forensics expert in the Court of First Instance.

23 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Disaster would catch forensic teams out

Hong Kong would not have enough forensic scientists to carry out investigations and mass victim identification in a major catastrophe, local experts have warned.

22 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Time ripe for better rights

Forensic techniques are widely used on the mainland in disciplines ranging from pathology to criminology - but given that human rights is such a new concept, it could be some time before they are applied to cases.

21 May 2005 - 12:00am

Computer crime to be tackled

A sharp increase in computer crime and a low detection rate have led police and the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) to focus on training.

A total of 226 cases of computer crime were reported to police last year, compared to 34 in 1998 and 25 in 1997. But the ICAC has only successfully used computer evidence in two prosecutions.

8 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Dead man found in bedroom

The naked body of a 30-year-old Australian businessman, thought to be a partner in an advertising company, was discovered on the bedroom floor of a flat at Village Terrace, Happy Valley, yesterday.

An electrical cord was found tied around the dead man's neck and he appeared to have suffered injuries to his elbows.

7 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Forensic experts overloaded with work

Forensic specialists who conduct vital tests for investigators are 'already heavily stressed' with huge amounts of work but will still be able to cope with the additional work generated by the weekend's fires.

Dr Ned Dailly, head of the forensic science division of the Government Laboratory, said fire investigations could take months.

27 Jan 1997 - 12:00am