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SYTECH Assisted Case – “‘Truly Evil’ Couple Jailed For ‘Sick’ Murder”

SYTECH received instructions from Dorset Police whom requested the Mobile Phone Forensic examinations and analysis of multiple Mobile Phone Handsets not supported for analysis via conventional forensic means and were all attributed to the below referenced murder investigation.

A “truly evil” couple who stabbed a man to death and recorded the “protracted and brutal” attack on a mobile phone have been jailed for life.

Phillip Nicholson, 22, was lured to a flat in Bournemouth where he was set upon by his ex-girlfriend, Isabella Gossling, and her new partner Richard Moors.

Gossling, 20, was found guilty of murder following a trial at Winchester Crown Court. She has been sentenced on Monday to a minimum of 19 years in jail.

Her boyfriend Richard Moors, 25, pleaded guilty to murder in a previous hearing at Portsmouth Crown Court in October.

He was sentenced on Monday to at least 22 years in jail.

Mr Nicholson, who had learning difficulties, was found dead in Gossling’s flat in the Boscombe area of the town on 26 May. He died from a stab wound to the neck.

He was enticed to her home on the pretence of meeting another girl who the couple were friends with, Winchester Crown Court heard.

But the meet-up was a lie made up by Gossling and Moors.

Once Mr Nicholson was at the flat, they stabbed him and recorded the attack on her phone, Dorset Police said.

In the audio recording, Gossling can be heard demanding an apology from Mr Nicholson for sexually assaulting her and encouraging Moors to kill him.

Police said the sex allegation was never substantiated nor reported and they believe it was unfounded.

The phone recording also captured the couple discussing how to leave Mr Nicholson’s body in a way to make it look like he stabbed himself.

The knife used to kill Mr Nicholson was found in a sink at the flat.

The court heard the couple had previously bullied and threatened their vicitm.

Detective Chief Inspector Stewart Balmer, from Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Isabella Gossling and Richard Moors are truly evil.

“They targeted Phillip Nicholson because he was vulnerable and they could exert power over him.

“They subjected Phillip to a brutal and protracted attack.

“This is one of the most harrowing cases I have dealt with in 30 years’ service.”

He added: “The fact they chose to audio record this violent and sick act on her mobile phone is beyond belief.”

Mr Nicholson’s family said in a statement: “We are totally devastated by the way that Phillip was cruelly tormented, tortured and murdered.

“Our son was kind, caring and helpful to all and did not deserve this callous death.

“Phillip’s death will always leave a huge dent in our hearts and those of family and friends that knew him.”

 

Source:  Sky News

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Private Sector – Digital Forensics Industry First – Encrypted BlackBerry Examinations

Due to ongoing expert Research and Development, SYTECH are proud to announce the “UK Private Sector – Digital Forensics Industry First” regarding the Digital Forensic examination of Encrypted BlackBerry Devices (including PGP encryption).

 

With the rise of Digital Security aware Organised Crime Groups and IT literate persons, this type of complex examination can lead to the convictions otherwise missed due to previously inaccessible data held within these information gold mines.

 

If you have a device with a padlock in the top left of the screen (open or closed) or suspect PGP based encryption then:

Contact us directly to discuss this invaluable service on  01782 286300 or email enquiries@sytech-consultants.com and ask for Simon Lang.

 

We are so confident that we will gladly offer a “no win, no fee” service.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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SYTECH Case Study – Digital Forensic Investigations in Cases Against Child Predators and Co-Conspirators

How Cellebrite’s UFED Link Analysis Strengthens Cases Against Child Predators and Co-Conspirators – Mobile Phone Forensic Examinations

 

Who:

Simon Lang, Senior Digital Forensic Consultant / Digital Forensics Manager, SYTECH – Digital FOrensics, Stoke-on-Trent, England

 

What:

Use of Cellebrite UFED Link Analysis to attribute suspect handsets and assess and identify victims

 

Why:

Investigating rings of criminals who produce child exploitation materials

 

Results:

UFED Link Analysis saves time and effort associated with connecting suspects and victims on child exploitation, illegal money lending and drug conspiracy cases

 

Child exploitation can be one of the hardest crimes to prosecute. Victims are often too scared or ashamed to admit any connection to a suspect, and paedophiles go to great lengths to protect one another. To make their cases, police need ways to tie suspects and victims to one another via the frequency, type, and mode of their communications. Often this evidence is found on their mobile phones and GPS devices.

 

Simon Lang, Digital Forensics Manager at SYTECH – Systems Technology Consultants Ltd., England, has put UFED Link Analysis to work on several such cases in recent months. In the United Kingdom, law enforcement agencies frequently outsource digital forensics to ­rms like SYTECH. That’s because when a case goes to trial, the courts require an independent review of the work police did. High pro­le or complex cases with multiple devices often end up in court, so teams like Lang’s need tools that enable them to explain digital evidence simply and concisely at trial.

 

Lang himself has been a mobile device forensics examiner since about 2008, and he and his team have used Cellebrite systems since 2011. However, when faced with multiple mobile devices on a single case, they faced the time-consuming process of running data through spreadsheet software.

 

“Creating custom ­filters in Microsoft® Excel® and looking for common contacts, usernames and IDs, and incriminating content [such as text messages] can take a few hours when comparing the results from iPhones etc.,” says Lang.

 

That’s because of the sheer amount of data that iPhones and other smartphones can store. UFED Link Analysis provides an almost instantaneous graphical representation of the common contacts with the click of a button. “It is easier using these diagrams than looking at rows of text,” says Lang.

 

Why is this important? Lang and his team work on large cases involving multiple defendants across the United Kingdom, including child exploitation and drug conspiracy cases. “This tool comes in extremely handy in child exploitation and grooming cases, which are becoming more common in the UK,” Lang explains. “There are large ‘rings’ of individuals who have been targeting vulnerable people across the country.”

 

One of the most common ways his team uses UFED Link Analysis is for attribution of handsets, when the suspect denies ownership. Investigators can corroborate text messages or instant messaging, call logs, contacts and found on the suspect’s handset with like data found on victims’ or other suspects’ handsets.

 

Lang’s investigators also use UFED Link Analysis to compare “clean” and “dirty” phones. In these scenarios, suspects use one device for everyday noncriminal activities, and a second or more devices for their criminal activities. Common contacts and locations between the two can show which devices are used by the same suspect(s) and thus, can tie otherwise “innocent” suspects to the crimes they commissioned or committed.

 

The software is also handy for assessing multiple victims on these cases. The “Links-Mutual” view shows whether victims all had one or more suspects in common on their devices; patterns in keywords or timelines—days of the week or times of day—can help corroborate the evidence.

 

Once the evidence is collected and analysed, Lang uses the snapshot option to show common contacts within cases, placing these within his report. Put together, the links and patterns strengthen the Crown’s case and lead to what Lang believes will be a higher likelihood of conviction.

 

About Cellebrite Founded in 1999, Cellebrite is known for its technological breakthroughs in mobile forensics. Its Universal Forensic Extraction Device (UFED) is used internationally by law enforcement, military, intelligence, corporate security, and eDiscovery agencies to extract data from legacy and feature phones, smartphones, portable GPS, tablets and phones manufactured with Chinese chipsets.

 

SYTECH – UFED Link Analysis – Child Exploitation Case Study

SYTECH Assisted Case – Forensic Telecommunications & JTAG Examination – “Man jailed for life for Bolton man’s ‘vicious’ murder”

Carl Hodgkiss was found guilty for the murder of Marc Jepson in March last year 2014.

SYTECH were tasked with producing an evidential Report which detailed the examination of mobile phone communications data and the application of Cell-Site & Communications Analysis in review of such data which was essential to the Investigation.

An advanced JTAG (Joint Test Action Group) Handset examination was performed on a Samsung  Galaxy S4 (Samsung GT-i9505 ) in order to recover deleted data which would assist the Investigation.

 

BBC News – Man jailed for life for Bolton man’s ‘vicious’ murder

“A man has been jailed for life for murdering a man in a “vicious attack”.

Marc Jepson, 40, was found dead in his house on Kildare Street in Bolton, on 5 March. A post-mortem examination showed he died as a result of asphyxiation.

Carl Hodgkiss, 28, of Elton Avenue, Farnworth, was found guilty of murder, at Manchester Crown Court. He was ordered to serve at least 14 years.

Hodgkiss admitted killing Mr Jepson but denied murder, claiming he had acted in self defence.

At about 15:40 GMT on 5 March, a friend noticed Mr Jepson’s front door was open and went to investigate.

She then discovered his body in the living room, Greater Manchester Police said.

‘Sustained’ attack
After a figure was spotted on CCTV going into Mr Jepson’s house and then seen heading towards Hodgkiss’ aunt Irene’s house on Firwood Avenue, police went to interview the pair.

During the interview, Ms Hodgkiss said she had been upset at the way Mr Jepson had been treating a relative of hers.

Police said she asked Hodgkiss to “go and sort Marc out, give him a couple of slaps”.

Hodgkiss told his aunt he had left Mr Jepson nursing a sore head, when in fact he had murdered him.

Senior investigating officer Duncan Thorpe said Mr Jepson suffered a “sustained and vicious attack”, in which he was also beaten and stabbed.

Irene Hodgkiss, 63, of Firwood Avenue, Farnworth, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit actual bodily harm will be sentenced on 9 January.”

 

 

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The value of SYTECH Cell-Site & Mobile Phone Evidence – Commendation from an OCG Investigation Team

“The Cell-Site and Mobile Phone interrogation work you did for us with regards to redacted was a complete success.

You may have not been aware but this operation was quite possibly one of the longest run in redacted Police history spanning between April 2011 and February 2013 and has resulted in nearly 70 convictions for drug supply offences in the redacted area of redacted.

The evidence presented was so overwhelming and complex (words of the defence) that both defendants pleaded guilty on two counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

The work you did for us effectively proved our case, that these individuals were leading an organised crime gang who were in the business of supplying class A drugs. The convictions and sentence they got in my opinion was more staggering as we had very minimal/weak drugs possession evidence on both individuals and it was phone work, in particularly cell site evidence that ultimately convicted them. All the physical drug possession evidence was linked (very heavily I may add) to the street dealers who were also convicted for their part in the conspiracy.

I would like to say a big thank you for your assistance in this case and very much hope to be working with you again in the future.”