Vol 9, No 1 (2024)
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Forensic entomology in court: analysis of a case of time of death estimation

Abdulla Al-Shorman1, Mohammad Alakkam1
Medical Research Journal 2024;9(1):107-112.


This study examines the indispensable role of forensic entomology in scientifically estimating the post-mortem interval (PMI) and thus aiding court convictions. This case study estimated the PMI of a female corpse that was found in an advanced stage of decomposition in an apartment in Amman, Jordan (Archives of Qararak database of the Jordanian Bar Association). In contrast to the perpetrator’s alleged PMI of 19 days, the analysis of the entomological data suggests a minimum PMI of 10 days. This result does not support a conviction for assault leading to death but intentional homicide. This case study assures the potential of forensic entomology in criminal investigations in Jordan.

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