This blog post covers a Grievous Bodily Harm scene I attended at the site of a rave. Wasn’t quite an attempted murder, but I needed a punchy title.
The rave had taken place in a large, unused warehouse. A rather big sound system was located by the doors, which had been forced to gain entry. Many people had attended that night and consumed alcohol and drugs. In a place with music, drugs and no security trouble was soon around the corner. A male was hit over the head with a glass bottle, causing nasty injuries thought to be life threatening at the time.
My first task was to search for the scene where the assault occurred. With so much ground to cover it took me a while before I finally found a large bloodstain on the ground.
Marker 1 shows the location of the bloodstain.
The biggest problems I faced were the amount of ground covered and number of potential exhibits. It was going to prove tricky to specify where each exhibit had come from, and the relevance they had. I decided to use a technique I’d learnt during a bomb scene training course, and I split each section into zones. These zones were labelled in my notebook, and I used reflective markers to separate the areas.
I seized exhibits from Zone 3, the area of assault. The exhibits included drugs items, beer cans and footwear marks. I was particularly searching for a broken bottle, which I found and labelled with the marker 3. Unfortunately no mouthpiece to the bottle could be located after an extensive search. I wonder if the offender discarded the bottle top.
Sadly after all the work that had gone into this case away from the scene, the victim decided he did not want to pursue the matter. It was a real shame as all the pieces were there to present a good case to the courts, but the victim and witnesses were key to that. I cannot speculate as to why the victim withdrew from the case, but I hope he knows the support would’ve been there had he stayed with us.