A 12 gauge solid slug used in murder; and The curious case of the phoney toolmark

Invited Speaker: Sergeant Gerard Dutton (Tas Police)

Sergeant Gerard Dutton has worked in forensic firearms and toolmark investigation for over 30 years and is one of Australia’s senior experts in his discipline. He has had over 100 technical articles and papers published on aspects of firearms, toolmark and related work in forensic, police and other journals and he presents to groups regularly in Australia and overseas. He is an Assistant Editor of the AFTE Journal (Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners).

He has won numerous awards and travel scholarships from a number of professional bodies such as NIFS (National Institute of Forensic Science), AFTE, ANZFSS and the APJ (Australian Police Journal). He has been commended by Police Commissioners in NSW, Tasmania and New Zealand for his work on investigations where ballistics evidence was crucial.      

Since 2013 he has been involved in a United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) forensic services capacity building project for the Palestinian Civil Police (PCP), travelling annually to Ramallah in the West Bank to provide blocks of face-to-face training to PCP trainees.

Presentation 1: A 12-gauge solid slug used in murder

Presentation 2: The curious case of the phoney toolmark