(Received 27 June 1989; accepted 23 August 1989)
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Examination of clothing in forensic science cases often involves forming an opinion as to the age and cause of any damage present. This study, involving a range of possible weapons, clothing types, and types of damage, showed that it is possible to distinguish a cut from a tear and a slash from a stab. The effect of blood on the appearance of the damaged areas was also investigated. In some cases it is also possible to determine the type of weapon used from the appearance of the damage. The study also demonstrated what features to look for in determining whether the damage to the yarns is recent.
Forensic biologist, Chemistry Division. Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Lower Hutt,
Principal forensic scientist, Forensic Science Division, Department of Services and Supply, Adelaide,
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