Trinitas Forensics is an independent practice that offers forensic advice and consulting for civil and criminal matters. It was founded in 2018 by Mary Gordon, after completing her bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science.
The practice incorporates more than 30 years of experience, case history and knowledge possessed by a forensic expert, Dr David Klatzow, from whom Mary acquired the basic business. The practice has an extensive library of South African forensic case history, which will be utilized to make the South African public aware of the unknown world of forensics.
For justice to run its course as it should, it is pertinent that the truth is established. This is when forensic scientists are helpful to the justice system and their expertise may contribute to the outcome of cases.
Ballistics is the science or study of firearms, projectiles and the effects thereof. This field of study includes the matching of a projectile to a firearm through the comparison of individual characteristics produced by the firearm on various parts of the projectile and the casing.
Suspicious death is considered one that is unexpected and unexplained either legally medically or both. This includes suicide, homicide, accident, etc.
Investigation into suspicious deaths may include, but are not limited to, a secondary post-mortem examination, review of evidence and interviewing of relevant parties.
Ballistics, fingerprints, crime scene analysis, DNA.
Sexual assault is any act that violates another person without their concent. This includes rape, which is the act of forcing a person to have sexual intercourse - vaginal, anal. or oral - without their concent
Sexual assault investigations includes review of evidence and review of statements
poisoning occurs when a substance interferes with normal bodily functions. This can accur through ingestion, injection, inhalation or absorption. This could be accidental or intentional.
Investigation into such cases includes, depending on the circumstances surrounding the case, blood testing or the identification of unknown substances through chemical testing
Driving under the influence of alcohol, other intoxicating liquor or narcotics drugs is illegal under South African law. The legal limits are 0.95g/100mL and 0,24mg/1000mL.
DUI investigations include review of blood alcohol analysis data, review of procedures followed and breathalyzer (including Dräger) data review
Illegal substances, or drugs, are substances that affect normal body functioning and are forbidden by law because of the effects that they have. This includes drugs such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and ecstasy. Cases involving such substances come about when individuals are found to be using, carrying, producing or selling these substances.
Fingerprints are used as evidence to connect a victim, suspect or witness to a crime. They are created by ridges on the fingertips that are formed before birth and are statistically unique to each individual, even identical twins, unlike DNA. The process of comparing fingerprints involves analysing each print independently and thereafter, comparing the findings to determine whether or not the prints match. A match or an exclusion is based on a certain number of points matching or not. Although fingerprint analysis is used very frequently in the solving of crimes, the process is not an exact science and different law enforcement agencies in different countries have different standards in terms of what is a match and what is not.
Forensic services are useful for determining how insurance claims relating to fire, death, medical conditions, etc. are handled and whether or not they should be paid out. Our services are available for the insurer as well as the insured.
Unknown substance could be anything from drugs, to poison, to naturally occurring componds. While many substances are not harmful, equally as many may very well be.
Investigations of unknown substances and the identification thereof includes microscopy and various chemical testing
A questioned document is a document whose authenticity is disputed. This includes wills/testaments, cheques, contracts, etc...
The investigation of questioned documents includes, but is not limited to, handwriting analysis, ink analysis and indentation detection
Fires can be intentional accidental or spontaneous and can occur in building and other structures cars and vegetation.
Fire investigation includes determining the source and cause of the fire by examining the scene of the fire if possible examining evidence and gathering information from witnesses
Fraud can be broadly defined as an intenional act of deception involving financial transactions for purpose of personal gain. Fraud is a crime and is also a civil lav violation
Scamsters are individuals or syndicates and may have involvement in the banking institions. Fraudulent transactions are made via accessing email correspondence, replicating invoices and hacking accounts