The true scale of the Randox Testing Services forensic testing scandal is now beginning to emerge as more people are being contacted by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to be told their convictions were not reliable.
Our team here at Hudgell Solicitors handling damages claims relating to inaccurate Randox results are being contacted by an increasing number of people as the investigation continues.
From the information we now have, it is our expectation that this number will continue growing as more tests are reexamined throughout the rest of the year.
Results of forensic tests carried out by the Manchester-based company first came under question last February, when it was revealed two employees had been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.
That put into doubt the validity of around 10,000 forensic tests which had been sent to the firm in cases from 42 police forces across the country.
The majority relate to driving offences, but concerns have also been raised that test results relied on by the civil courts to determine issues such as child custody and employment cases could also have been affected.
Letters confirming unsafe forensic results are a relief – but come after damage has been done
It has, of course, come as a huge relief to every one of the people we are representing to be contacted and told by the CPS, or the police force directly involved itself, that the forensic test which caused them to be convicted was not safe.
Many of those we are representing had felt their convictions to be unjust and simply couldn’t understand how they had been found guilty, but they felt unable to argue against what was considered to be indisputable scientific evidence.
We now know this was certainly not the case.
Sadly, for each and every person wrongfully convicted of an offence as a result of inaccurate or unsafe results, the damage has been done.
We are currently supporting people who have lost their employment as a result of a wrongful conviction, whilst driving bans have also caused major disruption to lives.
As specialists in handling civil liberties and human rights cases, our team are committed to ensuring people are rightly compensated for their suffering.
We have been able to put clients in touch with experts in criminal law to ensure their convictions are overturned, and through our own expertise we are seeking civil redress, holding both Randox Testing Services, and the individual police forces to account.
Given the high importance of the role they were entrusted to take up on behalf of police forces to ensure samples were properly tested, there was clear duty of care on Randox Testing Services.
Police forces also have to be questioned fully over their roles in this totally unacceptable situation, with serious investigation needed to consider whether this situation could have been prevented.
All of the people we are representing have had their reputations damaged or lives affected in some form.
Without doubt, these people deserve firstly an apology, and compensating for the impact it has had on their lives.