Characterising clothing damage caused by acid attacks

Felicity Carlysle-Davies, Disanayaka Mudiyanselage Gayan Chanaka Bandara

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The use of acids as a weapon has sadly become commonplace in some regions around the world, including within casework in the UK, and prominent cases include that of Katie Piper in 2008. As well as the damage to the body of the person attacked there will also be damage to their clothing, and potentially to the person throwing the corrosive substance This project compared the damage seen in simulated attacks using different acids and different fabrics in order to determine if differences were observed, and provide the foundation for future work.


ConferenceScottish International Policing Conference
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  • acid attacks
  • forensics
  • hydrochloric acid
  • sulfuric acid
  • nitric acid
  • clothing


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