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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

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.”



SYTECH - Nokia Lumia 900 - JTAG

JTAG Examinations – Samsung Galaxy, HTC 8S, Nokia Lumia 520, 900 and many more – Examined on a weekly basis to provide essential case data for many ongoing investigations

At SYTECH we’re asked on a weekly basis to extract both live and deleted data from handsets which aren’t supported via conventional forensic methods or to bypass Mobile Phone Handsets inbuilt security (PIN, Password, Pattern etc).

One of the methods we use for such an extraction to gain access to this case essential data held within the handset is by that of a JTAG (Joint Test Action Group) dump.

This process involves the handset being connected to directly through its internal Printed Circuit Board (PCB) to allow a full physical “dump” of its internal memory chip.

This data is then carved and all recoverable user data is presented to the Investigating Officer in a clear and easy to understand manner.


SYTECH - Nokia Lumia 900 - JTAG
SYTECH – Nokia Lumia 900 – JTAG


SYTECH - Nokia Lumia 520 - JTAG
SYTECH – Nokia Lumia 520 – JTAG
The “Forensic Elastic Band” often comes in handy to keep the device in place during the extraction.


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