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Psychological Evidence in Murder Trials

12th March 2019 @ 5:45 pm - 7:30 pm

Vaughan Open Research Forum - Andrew Colman - Psychological Evidence In Murder Trials

Professor Andrew Colman
(Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour) presents:

Psychological Evidence in Murder Trials

Professor Colman has given expert psychological witness in a number of murder trials, four of which will be discussed in this talk.

Two were mob murders arising from political and industrial unrest in South Africa just before the end of apartheid there. Social psychological processes were accepted for the first time anywhere as extenuating circumstances, enabling 14 men to escape the death penalty.

A third  was the notorious corporals murder by IRA members at a Belfast funeral; in this case, the psychological evidence about false confessions was ruled inadmissible, but on appeal, the evidence of another psychologist led to the murder conviction being quashed.

The fourth was an appeal against a murder conviction for an honour killing of a young Sikh woman by her brothers in Huddersfield. Dr Colman submitted experimental evidence showing that the basis of the conviction was definitely unsound, but it was ruled inadmissible by the Court of Appeal.

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About Vaughan Open Research Forum

Vaughan Open Research Forum is series of talks, workshops and interactive sessions which are open to anyone who is curious and wants to find out more.

Themes for sessions relate to our core teaching topics, arts, humanities, social sciences and counselling, and also discuss adult education and co-operative issues.  The Forums take place on the second Tuesday of the month.

The Venue for the Open Research Forum is the Satta Hashem Hall in the Leicester Adult Education College, 54 Belvoir Street. Tea and cake will be available from 5.45 pm with the session running 6.15- 7.30 pm.

Psychological Evidence in Murder Trials


12th March 2019
5:45 pm - 7:30 pm
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Leicester Adult Education College
54 Belvoir Street
Leicester, Leicestershire LE1 6QL United Kingdom
0116 454 1900


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