SYTECH Case – Moto Android Chip-Off Examination – Murder Investigation
Andrew Munro was charged with the murder of his wife and attempted murder of another close relative for which he denied both charges.
Claire Munro, mother of three, was found dead in her home with serious injuries.
SYTECH received instructions from Cheshire Police whom requested forensic examination and analysis of Motorola Moto Android based Mobile Phone Handsets not supported for analysis via conventional forensic means and were attributed to an on-going murder investigation.
At SYTECH the aim of the examination was the extraction, validation and presentation of all user based data and in particular whether there were any malicious applications installed or software capable of remotely tracking and controlling the handset.
The only way to gain access to the data held within the handsets was by that of “chip-off” examinations.
This involves the removing of the Flash Memory chip from the handsets printed circuit board (PCB).
This is where any potential data will be stored within the handset.
Data relating to the Investigation was recovered from the memory, this showed the potential to track and control a mobile phone handset remotely.
At trial Mr Munro changed his plea to guilty in relation to the murder and he also pleaded guilty to S18 wounding as an alternative to the attempted murder of another.