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Detailed View of a Memory Chip

SYTECH – Forensic Mobile Phone ‘Chip-Off’ Examinations

SYTECH – Forensic Mobile Phone ‘Chip-Off’ Examinations

SYTECH – Forensic Chip-Off Examinations.pdf

SYTECH is one of the longest serving providers performing Forensic Chip-Off for numerous Police Forces across the Country on a regular basis with an extremely high ongoing success rate.

 

As mobile devices continue to bring new challenges Chip Off examination warrants close attention, as it offers deeper data access, the ability to bypass lock codes, and a way to recover data from damaged devices.

 

The process involves the removal of the memory chip from the handsets circuit board, data is then extracted using specialist equipment.

 

From the memory chip data, both the live and deleted contents are carved out and extracted, including but not limited to:

 

Contacts, call data, SMS, MMS, BBM (BlackBerry Messaging) conversations, IM (Instant Messaging) Chat, multimedia (images, videos & audio), emails, web history,  applications (all data), locational data and SIM data and Memory Card contents.

 

At the end of the process an MG11 Expert Witness statement is provided together with an exhibit containing the recovered data in an easily understandable format.

 

Please be aware that Chip-Off is a destructive process and once carried out will make the phone inoperable. However it is the only means of gaining access. On extremely rare occasions due to chip configurations it may not be possible to recover the required data.

 

If you have any queries or require further assistance please give SYTECH a call on – 01782 286 300.

 

Fire Damaged Handset
Fire Damaged Handset

Even in this “state” SYTECH are able to extract both the live and deleted data held within – Which is essential for any Investigation.

Detailed View of a Memory Chip
Detailed View of a Memory Chip

SYTECH – Forensic Chip-Off Examinations.pdf

SYTECH Assisted Case – Mobile Phone Forensics including Chip-Off used – Ruthless commuter belt drugs kingpins murdered young hoodlum who sold shotgun they had given him to kill rival

Ruthless commuter belt drugs kingpins murdered young hoodlum who sold shotgun they had given him to kill rival

 

Former football coach Zain Sailsman, 19, became dealer to fund his habit

Charles Beadell and Ricky Jervis, both 22, raked in around £30,000-a-month selling heroin and crack cocaine in Macclesfield, Cheshire

After he double crossed them, they lured Sailsman to remote woodlands 

Beadell stabbed Sailsman in the back, cutting into his spine 

Beadell and Jervis sentenced to life and told they must serve 27 years

Two young hoodlums who resorted to murder as part of a ruthless plan to build a drugs empire in the heart of the Middle England commuter belt were each jailed for life yesterday.

 

Charles Beadell and Ricky Jervis, both 22, begun a turf war to terrorise locals into joining their gang after they raked in around £30,000-a-month from peddling heroin and crack cocaine in the silk market town of Macclesfield in Cheshire.

But when former football coach Zain Sailsman, 19, double crossed the pair and sold a shotgun which had been used in a gangland shooting, Beadell and Jervis lured the teenager to woodlands and stabbed him in the back as a ‘punishment’.

Ricky Jervis arrives at Chester Crown Court

Charles Beadell shows his contempt for the law

Murderers: Drug dealers Ricky Jervis (left) and Charles Beadell (right) arrive at Chester Crown Court

As the teenager staggered away dying from his wounds, Beadell who carried out the stabbing told Jervis: ‘The kid thinks he can treat me like a muppet.’

Keep-fit fanatic Sailsman who was nicknamed ‘Black Magic’ climbed over a fence and tried to flee up a country lane but collapsed. Passing motorists tried to help him but he never regained consciousness. It emerged the knife cut into the spine and severed a major blood vessel leading to his heart.

Police investigating the murder later bugged a canal barge and secretly taped another local villain William Dale laughing about Beadell and the victim saying: ‘Horrible little f***** that Charlie is. You know what I mean, cut his fingers off, cut his toes off, cut his ear off – anything but kill the guy.’

Charles Beadell (left) was convicted of the murder of 19-year-old Zain Sailsman who a  post mortem examination revealed had died from a single stab wound

Charles Beadell (left) was convicted of the murder of 19-year-old Zain Sailsman who a post mortem examination revealed had died from a single stab wound

At Chester Crown Court, Beadell, from Macclesfield and Jervis, 22, from Congleton were both convicted of murder after a six-week trial and were each ordered to serve a minimum of 27 years.

Zain Sailsman was a drug dealer who was murdered when he double-crossed other dealers

Zain Sailsman was a drug dealer who was murdered when he double-crossed other dealers

Jervis tried to spit at police but missed and soiled the glass of the dock.

Beadell’s girlfriend Julia Howard, 36, a student forensic psychologist, who acted as the getaway driver was cleared of murder but convicted of perverting the course of justice and was jailed for three years.

Dale, 25, was jailed for 14 years after he admitted drugs and firearms offences.

Passing sentence the judge Mr Justice Robert Jay said: ‘This case, as countless previous cases have done, highlights in cruel and graphic terms the grief, the misery, the human and social costs, of drug addiction and drug dealing.

‘I have no doubt that the motive of both of you was to punish Zain Sailsman for what you felt was his cheeky attitude over time.

‘You Beadell, knew that the gun had gone – you Jervis at the very least believed that it was highly likely that it had gone, and were of a mind to punish Zain Sailsman.’

The jury was told Macclesfield’s drugs rackets had been orchestrated by Dale from his barge which was moored between Congleton and Alsagar.

Dale was said to buy drugs in bulk and sell them on through a network of lower level dealers in towns across Cheshire and Staffordshire and would hire Beadell and Jervis.

Charles Beadell was sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation he serves a minimum of 27 years for the murder of  19-year-old Zain Sailsman

Charles Beadell was sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation he serves a minimum of 27 years for the murder of  19-year-old Zain Sailsman

But Beadell and Jervis wanted to take greater control of the Macclesfield drugs market after hoodlums from Manchester tried to move in on the area. Beadell himself was selling narcotics purely to make money for pure ‘greed’ and was turning over up to £1,000 a day on his own and would get his girlfriend to drive him around and was ‘fuming’ that outsiders were trying to grab his turf.

He eventually recruited Sailsman a former youth team coach at non-league Macclesfield Town in Cheshire after exploiting the teenager’s drug habit.

Sailsman who wanted free access to crack cocaine began selling drugs for Beadell and was eventually used as a hired gun to terrorise a rival small-time dealer.

Last October Sailsman was driven to the home of their target where he used a 12 gauge shotgun to pump two bullets through the front door at point range – missing a couple and two children who were inside.

Julia Howard arriving at Chester Crown Court to be sentenced for her part in the murder of Zain Sailsman

Julia Howard arriving at Chester Crown Court to be sentenced for her part in the murder of Zain Sailsman

No one was injured but the rival who was not at home at the time was terrified enough to start working for Beadell.

The gun was later hidden in woodland with the ammunition hidden in a churchyard but Sailsman dug up the weapon and secretly sold it to pay for his own drug use before fleeing to Blackpool.

Beadell later contacted Sailsman’s mother Madeline Fletcher on Facebook saying people were coming to the house as her son had ‘taken something’ from him.

Mrs Fletcher, 48, told the jury that she and her three daughters had already been threatened by her son’s criminal associates with her car and house being vandalised.

The family home was turned into a ‘fortress’ with panic alarms and a fire- and bombproof letterbox.

She said: ‘I had told Zain there was consequences to his actions. It was the way I tried to bring my kids up. They threatened they would petrol bomb the house. I was living in fear.’

Mrs Fletcher said she had been called by her son from Blackpool asking for money and added: ‘He was crying, which wasn’t like him. He admitted carrying out the shooting with Charlie. I was shocked, especially as children were in the house. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t transfer money but said he would have to come back.

‘I tried to make him see sense about the shooting. I couldn’t believe he could stoop so low. He said it was him who pulled the trigger. No one else had the bottle to do it. I told him to turn himself in.’

Julia Howard, 36, a student forensic psychologist, who acted as the getaway driver was cleared of murder but convicted of perverting the course of justice and was jailed for three years

William Dale, 25, was jailed for 14 years after he admitted drugs and firearms offences+9

Jailed: Julia Howard, 36, a student forensic psychologist, who acted as the getaway driver was cleared of murder but convicted of perverting the course of justice and was jailed for three years; William Dale, 25, was jailed for 14 years after he admitted drugs and firearms offences

Sailsman was brought back to Macclesfield by relatives and he tried to keep a low profile but paid with his life when he agreed to meet Beadell on the pretext of recovering the shotgun and to continue working for him.

In a text exchange Sailsman asked Jervis: ‘Not a set up or anything’ and Jervis replied: ‘What are you on? You’re one of the boys, I trust you.’

Beadell, Jervis and Sailsman were later driven to the woods by Howard on October 30.

Sailsman had planned to pretend to look for the gun by a tree then feign innocence when they could not find it – not knowing Beadell was armed with a 12-inch bladed knife.

Jervis told the court: ‘Zain was digging around for a couple of minutes with his hands. He looks a bit confused, gets up, looking and Charlie gets down and starts looking.

‘How do you lose a shotgun? You don’t lose a shotgun. Someone said we should go back in the morning and look for it. Zain swore on his mother’s life that hadn’t been there or moved the gun but Charlie started raising his voice saying: “You’re saying it’s me who took it”.

Ricky Jervis was jailed for 27 years for murder

‘They carried on arguing and then Charlie lunged at Zain and came away screaming and shouting. Zain’s turned away from him and I saw the knife. He was moving the trees out the way. Charlie had the knife in his right hand. Zain ran towards the fence ‘I said stop, man, stop! Zain said, “What the f***? What’s he done that for?” I didn’t realise how badly hurt he was.

‘I said to Charlie “What the f***, he’s supposed to be your guy, you just stabbed him.” I was shocked.’

Beadell and Howard fled Macclesfield and checked into various hotels but were arrested two days later. Jervis was arrested as he was fleeing into the countryside carrying a bag containing his clothes stained in the victim’s blood.

All three denied murder. Beadell claimed Sailsman was stabbed by two drug dealers from Liverpool.

In a statement after the case, Sailsman’s family said: ‘Zain’s life has been cruelly and tragically cut short and regardless of the sentence imposed his murderers will one day walk free and be able to resume their lives. Zain will never get that opportunity. In our eyes no sentence will ever be long enough.

‘Zain’s death has ripped the heart out of our family and our lives will never be the same without him in them. Zain was no angel in life but to us he was always the little boy with the cheeky smile and the big sense of humour. He did not deserve to die the way in which he did.’

 

Ruthless commuter belt drugs kingpins murdered young hoodlum who sold shotgun they had given him to kill rival  | Mail Online.

SYTECH Case – Damaged BlackBerry Forensic Examination – Linzi Ashton: Michael Cope Admits Murder

SYTECH Case – Damaged BlackBerry Forensic Examination – Linzi Ashton: Michael Cope Admits Murder

A man has admitted murdering his ex-girlfriend in a “dreadful and violent attack” in Greater Manchester.

Michael Cope, 28, pleaded guilty to the murder of Linzi Ashton and three counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, at the start of his trial at Manchester Crown Court.

Miss Ashton, 25, was found dead at her home in Winton, Salford, on June 29 last year.

A post-mortem examination concluded she died as a result of pressure to the neck and multiple injuries.

Cope had a brief “acrimonious” relationship with Miss Ashton, who had two daughters, Destiny, seven, and Daisy, two.

Michael Cope
A CCTV image of the fugitive in Wigan while he was on the run

Police said Miss Ashton had been the subject of a “vicious and sustained attack”.

Cope spent nearly a month on the run following the killing, sparking a police manhunt.

Officers described him as a dangerous individual, who had a “history of violent and aggressive behaviour”, and warned he should not be approached.

An allegation of rape, which he had denied, has been requested to lie on file.

The barmaid made complaints to Greater Manchester Police last April and May that Cope had raped and beaten her.

Police issued picture of Linzi Ashton
Miss Ashton was the victim of deliberate and sustained domestic abuse

A Crown Prosecution Service spokeswoman said: “Having considered this case very carefully in line with CPS policy, we have asked the judge to order that the rape count lie on the court file.

“We have taken this step only after proper consideration of the views of Linzi Ashton’s family members on this matter.”

Ruth Mann, senior crown prosecutor for CPS North West, said: “Linzi Ashton was the victim of deliberate and sustained domestic abuse at the hands of Michael Cope.

“This abuse culminated in a dreadful and violent attack on Saturday June 29 which resulted in the tragic loss of her life.

“We have been determined to bring Michael Cope to justice for the horrific way in which he treated Linzi Ashton and we have worked tirelessly to build a strong case against him.

“Today he has admitted to her murder and he has been brought to account for his reprehensible actions.

“This is a very sad case and today’s outcome can in no way address the pain felt by the friends and family of Linzi Ashton.

“I would like to offer them my deepest condolences and my thoughts are very much with them at this time.”

In a statement issued shortly after Miss Ashton’s death, her family said: “She was the most beautiful, generous, caring person anyone could ever wish to meet.

“She would never harm anyone and was always there for her children and family.”

Cope is to be sentenced on Tuesday.

Linzi Ashton: Michael Cope Admits Murder.

SYTECH Assisted Case – Mobile Phone Evidence (Inc. Pioneering Chip-Off Forensics) Manchester loan sharks that cause ‘misery and fear’ plead guilty to illegal money lending

Manchester loan sharks that cause ‘misery and fear’ plead guilty to illegal money lending

Ian Parsons, 27 of Lakeside Rise, Blackley, Christopher Weaver, 36, of Maybury Street, Gorton, and Mark Weaver, 35, were arrested as part of a multi agency operation.

A gang of loan sharks have pleaded guilty to illegal money lending and money laundering at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

Ian Parsons, 27 of Lakeside RiseBlackley, Christopher Weaver, 36, of Maybury Street,Gorton, and Mark Weaver, 35, were arrested as part of a multi agency operation.

The trio were investigated and prosecuted by the England Illegal Money Lending Team, in partnership with Greater Manchester Police and Manchester City Council, after information came to light about their illegal business. Warrants were executed in December and May, and documentary evidence was uncovered.

Parsons pleaded guilty to three counts of illegal money lending and two counts of money laundering. Christopher Weaver pleaded guilty to two counts of illegal money lending and two counts of money laundering, and Mark Weaver, 35, pleaded guilty to one count of illegal money lending and one count of money laundering.

They all remain in custody, awaiting sentencing at Manchester Crown Court.

Director of the England Illegal Money Lending Team Jacqui Kennedy said: “Loan sharks are criminals who extort and exploit the public.

“Whilst they appear to be offering a community service they are not, and will leave people living each day in misery and fear.

“We will not tolerate this kind of behaviour, and working with the police, trading standards and other agencies we are cracking down on this crime, making it impossible for loan sharks to prosper.”

Nationally the Stop Loan Shark Project has secured 235 prosecutions for illegal money lending and related activity, leading to more than 157 years worth of custodial sentences. They have written off £40.3 million worth of illegal debt and helped over 20,000 victims.

Manchester City Council’s executive member for the environment, councillor Nigel Murphy, said: “Loan sharks are ruthless criminals who target some of the most vulnerable members of society and exploit the fact that the economic downturn has left many people struggling to make ends meet.

“But the days when loan sharks could expect to get away with causing misery are over, and these three are just the latest to be found guilty of this heinous crime.

“The illegal money lending team is working day and night to send these people where they belong – to prison – and I’d urge anyone with information about loan sharks to call their confidential hotline, while anyone who needs to borrow money should contact one of the many credit unions which work in the city.”

Manchester loan sharks that cause ‘misery and fear’ plead guilty to illegal money lending – Manchester Evening News.

Digital Forensic Services provided by SYTECH to Greater Manchester Police – Assist in the Convictions of Dale Cregan & Others

Digital Forensic Services provided by SYTECH Assist in the Convictions of Dale Cregan & Others

 

On Thursday 13th June 2013 at Preston Crown Court, Dale CREGAN, Anthony WILKINSON, Luke LIVESY, Damien GORMAN and Jermaine WARD were all found guilty of their respective involvement in the brutal murders of father and son Dave and Mark Short during separate incidents in the Manchester area in 2012.  A further offender, Mohammad Ali was also convicted for his part in assisting CREGAN and others.

 

The scale of the investigation against Dale CREGAN, who also claimed the lives of serving Manchester Police Officers Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes, was both voluminous and complex. The investigations involved a much larger number of other suspects and witnesses that added to the overall enormity of the task

 

Throughout, SYTECH assisted Greater Manchester Police with Telecommunications (Cell-Site Analysis & ‘Chip-off’ handset examinations) and Digital Data (Sat-Nav and Computer) investigations, analytics and ultimately the presentation of vital evidence during the trial proceedings. Sytech’s specialist consultants (Simon Lang and Daren Greener) provided courtroom testimony on four separate occasions during the 18 week trial at Preston Crown Court

 

In respect of the individual murders of David (Snr) and Mark (Jnr) Short, CREGAN had recruited differing associates to assist in each staged attack.  This again extended the complexity of the required communications analysis and data management that would ultimately determine those involved and their level of co-operation either in assisting CREGAN directly in each murder or in his protracted attempts to evade capture.

 

SYTECH assisted GMP with several lines of enquiry including the following items:

  • Affirming the attribution of mobile phones to suspects/defendants and identifying the transfer of particular mobile phone devices between those individuals.
  • Using mobile phone evidence to prove the level of association between suspects and defendants.
  • Comprehensive application of Cell-Site-Analysis for the historic tracking and assessment of movement, location and convergence of individuals over several months.
  • Discovering the movement of other family member’s pre and post incidents fearing retribution, which demonstrated the premeditated and organised nature of the killings of Mark and David Short.
  • Demonstrating the relevance and uniqueness in the periods of radio silence around the time of incidents.
  • Extensive recovery and detailed analysis of GPS data to show precise movements of individuals who assisted CREGAN

 

The jury at Preston Crown Court heard hours of evidence over several days relating to the collated telecommunications traffic, which prosecutors say proved the links between CREGAN and others who assisted in the pub shooting of Mark Short, and the shooting and grenade attack of David Short in his home.

 

The evidence aired in court, was only a fraction of the data painstakingly collected, analysed and managed by SYTECH in close partnership with Greater Manchester Police.