ABOUT THE TEAM 

 

All of our investigators have been accepted as expert witnesses in their specialist field. They have many years experience presenting their work with accuracy and professional integrity demanded by the Courts and relied upon by their clients. Their opinion and advice is founded on qualified experience and honest evaluation of available information. When required, specialists in relevant fields are often combined to provide comprehensive forensic reporting.    

PERSONNEL INCLUDE 

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Mr. Tony Kelly B.Eng., LCGI., MITAI.

 

Mr. David Land FdSC, LCGI, MITAI.

 

Mr. Damian Coll CEng., MIMechE, MITAI.



Mr. James McAllister

 

 

Mr. Phil Scull.

 

 

 

Mr. TONY KELLY B.ENG., LCGI, MITAI

Mr. Kelly has previously served with An Garda Siochana for over 30 years, 24 of which had been with a dedicated road traffic unit based in Dublin. He has been involved in the forensic investigation of collisions since completing formal study in this field and had been a Senior Forensic Collision Investigator with An Garda Siochana for over 10 years. His investigations included fatal and life changing events involving pedestrians, HGVs, Buses and Luas Trams. In his role as a collision investigator, he has been required to advise the DPP's office regarding technical matters and has been presented as an expert witness to the District, Circuit Courts and High Courts since 2005.

 

He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Highway Technology and was awarded a Licentiateship Award in Traffic Accident Investigation with the City & Guilds of London Institute, he is also a Member of the Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators.

 

As co-author of published research ‘Witness assessment of traffic collisions’ - Kelly, Jackson, Wylde and Dr. Langham, Mr. Kelly has delivered presentations on the reliability of witness evidence. 

 

Relevant training includes:

  • Bachelor of Engineering – Highway Technology, (Athlone Institute of Technology).

  • Forensic Road Accident Investigation - (De Montfort University, UK). 

  • Member of the Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators (MITAI) 

  • Licentiate of the City and Guilds of London Institute, (LCGI) (In the field of traffic collision investigation). 

  • Human Factors for Traffic Crash Reconstruction. ITAI/Crash Safety Solutions

  • Motor Vehicle Examination (Police). (City and Guilds, UK).

  • Motorcycle Examination (Police). (Sandwell College, UK).

  • Michelin combined Police Technical Tyre Course. (Michelin, UK).

  • Tachograph drivers hours recording equipment – Chart analysis. (City and Guilds, UK).

  • Forensic Tachograph Calibration. (City and Guilds, UK).

  • Digital Tachograph Equipment and Legislation. (City and Guilds, UK).

  • Forensic Digital Tachograph Data analysis. (AITS, UK & Continental VDO Group).

  • Standard and Advanced AI Damage Course (analysis, interpretation and calculation of speed from vehicle damage and vehicle interaction). (AITS, UK).

  • Certificate Traffic Management and Road Safety Audit. (TMS, UK).

  • Bosch European Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) Data User & Analyst Course, (TrDarts Group).

  • Forensic Collision Surveying Course (Korec Irl)

  • Photography for Forensic Collision Investigation (An Garda Síochána)

  • Advanced Motorcycle & VIP Escort course, standard vehicle, 4x4, minibus and HGV. (An Garda Siochana).

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Mr. DAVID LAND FdSC, LCGI, MITAI

Mr. Land has been engaged in accident investigation since 1990, including serving on a dedicated Police accident investigation unit for a period of 18 years  He has attended and examined the scenes and circumstances of hundreds of road traffic accidents, ranging in complexity from multiple vehicle with multiple fatalities to single vehicle personal injury incidents.

 

For ten years until 2008, he has tutored on the University Certificate Course in Forensic Collision Investigation, instructing both civilian and police students (from the UK, Ireland and overseas) on both the theoretical and practical applications of Accident Investigation. He has have provided instruction and a verification service in scene examination and accident reconstruction to agencies and accident investigators in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. 

 

Mr. Land’s experience in accident investigation incorporates not only scene examination, interpretation and mathematical reconstruction but also comprehensive analysis of witness evidence, witness interviews, driver evidence and co-ordination of expert evidence in associated fields. 

 

For 22 years he has have provided written or oral evidence & opinion to U.K. Crown Court, Coroners Court, Magistrates Court and Civil Courts (the last six years for the High Court of the Irish Republic). He has been accepted as an expert witness in his specialist field in both the UK and the Republic of Ireland. 

 

Relevant training includes:

  • Standard and Advanced level courses in Police Road Accident                                                     Investigation and Reconstruction Techniques (City and Guilds Board of Examination Certificate) 

  • Advanced AI Damage and EdCRASH (analysis, interpretation and calculation of speed from vehicle damage and vehicle interaction) (AiTS) 

  • Driver & the Environment (De Montfort University)

  • Tachograph Level 3 for LGV & PSV’s 

  • Michelin Combined Police Tyre Course & IMI Tyre Course 

  • Basic Vehicle Dynamics (Forensic Science Service) 

  • Vehicle Handling & Dynamics, also Vehicle Handling & Stability (IMI) 

  • Body Control Systems (RAC) 

  • Motor Cycle Examination (IMI) 

  • Pedestrian and Cycle Collisions (AiTS) 

  • Driver Reaction Times (ITAI) 

  • Sleep Related Accidents and Driver Fatigue (Loughborough University) 

  • Scene surveying, plan drawing and electronic terrain mapping systems (Trimble) 

  • Digital Terrain Mapping & 3D Animation (AiTS) 

  • National Investigative Interview Courses (CID Police Training) 

  • Photography for Forensic and Collision Investigation (Nikon) 

  • Forensic Examination of Vehicle Light Bulbs (Sheffield Hallam University).

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Mr. Damian Coll CEng MIMechE, MITAI

Mr. Coll joined the road traffic collision investigation team in Forensic Science Northern Ireland (FSNI) in July 1984.  Initially involved in the examination of vehicle components he progressed to attend the scenes of fatal and life changing collisions in Northern Ireland. 

 

He was responsible for the forensic science aspects of the collision scene and all subsequent relevant examinations, with particular emphasis on the scientific/engineering aspects of the investigation and reconstruction of the collision. He has presented at conferences and seminars on road traffic collision related topics in Ireland and UK and provided training to the Senior Investigation Officer Course (Inspector rank) within PSNI for collision investigation over many years.During his period with FSNI he was responsible for the introduction of UKAS accreditation in FSNI on the examination of wheel assemblies removed from motor vehicles and the examination of light bulbs, compiling both procedures and developing the associated examination forms and procedures for the examination of metal components.

Relevant training includes:

  • CEng, Member of Institution of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE)

  • Member of the Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators (MITAI)

  • Senior Scientific Officer FSNI (retired 31 January 2019)

  • BSc. Mechanical Engineering Queens University Belfast

  • Forensic Road Accident Investigation, De Montfort University, U.K. 

  • Use of EDCRASH in road traffic collision investigation Engineering Dynamics Corporation (EDC) 

  • PC Crash & Ai Damage Advanced Course 

  • Tachograph level 3 calibration chart analysis course 

  • Tachograph Analysis Forensic Science Birmingham 

  • Forensic Analysis of Digital Tachograph Data Course 

  • Police A.B.S. Diagnostics, Sandwell College 

  • Police H.G.V. A.B.S Diagnostics, Sandwell College 

  • An advanced tyre examination course Michelin Training and Information 

  • Pirelli Tyre Examination Course 

  • RAC Body Control Systems 
  • WABCO Braking Systems 

  • Advanced Driver training 

  • Bosch Crash Data Retrieval and Analysis Course 

  • Remote Pilot Course SUAS 

  • Calculation of speed from CCTV footage 

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Mr. JAMES MCALLISTER

Road Safety Consultant

 

Mr. McAllister began his policing career serving 6 years with the Strathclyde Police Force in Scotland, including 3 years as a Traffic Patrol Officer. He then joined An Garda Síochána where he served for 30 years, 22 of which specialising in roads policing related matters.

During this time, he was a motorcycle driving instructor attached to An Garda Síochána’s motorcycle driving school providing specialist training in both advanced motorcycle driving skills and VIP escort driving techniques.

 

His final 10 years were spent in charge of An Garda Síochána’s ‘Road Safety Unit’ responsible for the preparation and delivery of various Road Safety presentations to community organisations and Industry groups. This role included the training and support of members of An Garda Síochána in the delivery of these presentations. His experience includes the research and implementation of An Garda Síochána’s ‘Bike Safe’ programme, providing motorcyclists of all standards & experience the opportunity to have their driving skills assessed by Garda advanced motorcyclists. 

Mr. McAllister role included Road Safety presenter in RTE’s Crimecall TV  programme and represented An Garda  Síochána on the Road Safety Authority working group preparing input for the “Be Safe”, “Streetwise”, “Your Road to Safety” and “Safegrads” programmes targeting Road Safety programmes at students in schools and third level colleges.

 

Since retirement Mr McAllister works as a Road Safety consultant, delivering Defensive Driver Training and Road Safety presentations both in Ireland and abroad.  He has also been a car and motorcycle ‘Examiner’ with the Institute of Advanced Motorists for 15 years.

 

Relevant training includes:

Standard and Advanced Motorcycle Course                                                            An Garda Síochána

Motorcycle Instructors Course                                                                                  An Garda Síochána

VIP /Security Escort Course                                                                                     An Garda Síochána

Standard Car Course, 4 x 4 Off Road Course (UN Standard), Minibus & HGV

                                                                                               An Garda Siochana College, Templemore

Certificate in Traffic Management and Road Safety Audit                                                        TMS, UK

Certificate of Teacher Training                                                                   St Patricks College, Dublin 

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MR. PHIL SCULL

VEHICLE EXAMINER

 

Philip Scull has been involved in vehicle examination including work with a Police Collision Investigation unit since 1996. During this time he has attended the scene of hundreds of road traffic collisions and carried out initial vehicle (at scene) inspections followed by a full forensic examination.

As a result of this experience he has been accepted as an expert witness in Magistrates Court and Crown Courts providing expert opinion on vehicle dynamics, vehicle component parts and failures. In addition he has been involved in the investigation of vehicle service history and maintenance records. One high profile case included more than 60 false reports for a fleet of 9 vehicles over a two year period.  More recently he was the lead vehicle examiner for 36 vehicles involved in a multiple fatal motorway collision. Mr. Scull’s role included liaison with  the Vehicle Operator Service Agency and vehicle manufacturers retrieving data from vehicle engine management units and event data recorders.   

He has City and Guilds of London qualifications in the repair and service of road vehicles for motorbikes, cars, vans, lgv's and pcv's. He also has City and Guild of London Qualifications for the examination and prohibition from use on the road, for all classes of motor vehicle. 

For 20 years Mr. Scull worked on a Police Traffic Unit, 12 years of which as a Police Motorcyclist. He was a class one driver and rider. He currently provides technical assisitance to a British Super Bikes team. 

 

Relevant training includes:

  • City & Guilds Repair and Service of Road Vehicles 383 Light Vehicle. 

  • Brake Systems level 1, 2 and 3. 

  • Suspension Systems level 1, 2 and 3. 

  • Steering systems level 1, 2 and 3. 

  • Electrical / Electronic systems level 1, 2 and 3. 

  • Engines level 1, 2 and 3. 

  • Manual and Automatic Transmission systems level 1, 2 and 3. 

  • Bodywork level 1, 2 and 3. 

  • Ignition systems level 1, 2 and 3. 

  • Cooling systems level 1, 2 and 3. 

  • Fuel systems level 1, 2 and 3. 

  • Air Brake systems level 1, 2 and 3. 

  • Steering systems level 1, 2 and 3. 

  • Suspension systems level 1, 2 and 3. 

  • Industrial studies level 1, 2 and 3. 

  • BTEC Certificate Motor Vehicle Inspection Heavy vehicles. 

  • Vehicle Inspectorate (VOSA) Police prohibition and BTEC. 

  • The Institute of the Motor Industry Certificate of Management. 

  • The Institute of the Motor Industry Affiliate. 

  • Anti-lock brake systems level 4. 

  • Chassis management and Stability level 4. 

  • Michelin Tyre Course. 

  • Knorr-Brense Air Brake systems

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