I'm so tired tonight. I've been on the sofa all evening barely moving and when I got up just then to put Sherlock to bed it felt like I was made of lead.
As usual, the Met's been busy stretching the thin blue line a bit thinner. To the extent I was meant to be in a briefing for CTC and a meeting with the CPS at the same time today, and had to listen to the Super sorting out a fight over me on the phone.
AnonyBob was asking about evidence and ...ah, my brain isn't working... um, contamination, that was it.
The thing is, it depends, case by case, how important each bit of evidence is.
I mean... if the case depends on, say, a hair, from the victim, being found on the suspect's shirt, when the suspect swears blind they've never been anywhere near the victim, then that's so quite strong evidence they're lying.
But if you then discover the copper who arrested the suspect, before their clothes were taken for forensics, had, a few hours earlier, been sitting on the victim's mum's sofa consoling her...well, that's no evidence of anything. The brief would have a field day, if it ever got past the CPS and into court.
Whereas if that same suspect has that same hair found on them, but also a pair of bloodsoaked trainers, wringing with the victim's DNA, which were stuffed up a chimney in a black bag and found by a later search team...well, the hair wouldn't matter.
And Ttid asked about how it feels to put a murderer away when you know they have a famliy. Well, Yeah, you do feel sorry for kids, and relatives. Taking a parent away from a child is never ideal. But you've got to think about what that person did, and wether they'd even be a good influence on the child's life. And, most of all, you have to remember that no one but them got themselves in that situation, and it's not your fault. The family of the victim don't ever get to see their partner or parent or child again. At least prison has visiting times.
I think working Counter Terrorism means I'll be on a 3 shift pattern, which will be a bit odd. And on a response squad... I dont think the next few months are going to be too peaceful.