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01 October 15

RapidHIT exonerates arrestee

Fast Exoneration of rape suspect using RapidHIT®

RapidHIT® rapid DNA technology was used today to exonerate a suspect, arrested for a vicious stranger rape.

The East Midlands Specialist Operations Unit (EMSOU) submitted a PACE sample to Key Forensic Services early today, which was analysed and searched against the National DNA Database® in a staggering 3 hours and 8 minutes, from receipt of the sample at our lab. The arrestee’s DNA sample did not produce a match and the suspect was released. East Midlands region investigators were immediately able to renew their search for the perpetrator, losing only a few hours of pursuit time as opposed to at least 24-48 hours if traditional DNA profiling had been used.

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