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Fingerprints on trial
Alan McNamara
Fingerprints on Trial

The science of fingerprinting used to be considered infallible.

But last year Panorama investigated how a Bolton businessman, Alan McNamara, was convicted of burglary on the strength of a single fingerprint, which experts said was flawed.

With fresh forensic evidence to support McNamara's claims of innocence, reporter Shelley Jofre re-examines the case.

She follows his family's attempts to clear his name and tries to get someone from the Fingerprint Society to talk about the problems - but all she finds is a profession ducking for cover.

Production Team:
Reporter: Shelley Jofre
Producer: Colin Murray
Researcher: Mary Steele
Editor: Mike Robinson

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Panorama's Shelley Jofre
"Alan's now something of an amateur expert in fingerprinting."
Fingerprints on Trial


See also:

01 Jul 01 | Panorama
Finger of Suspicion 8 July 2001
07 Jul 01 | Panorama
Fingerprint evidence is fallible
17 Jul 01 | Panorama
Fingerprint victim sentenced
26 Jul 01 | Panorama
Fingerprint appeal
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