Trying expertsBMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7023.129 (Published 13 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:129
- Philip Joseph
“The Last Defence” is the third in a series of six programmes examining the role of forensic science in the investigation of crime. The title's implication is that once the real scientific avenues have been explored and found wanting, then, in desperation, the defence will turn to psychiatrists to aid their client. After watching the deliberations of the various experts in the programme it is difficult to disagree with that view.
In Reading, England, Sammy, a shoe fetishist, killed a woman who had disturbed him during a bungled burglary. He said the killing was accidental, after he had panicked, and he pleaded not guilty to …