Significance of Physical Evidence in the Evaluation of a Prohibited Act under the Criminal Law

Marta Kowalczyk-Ludzia
University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland

Law and Forensic Science, Volume 14 (2017/2).

Submitted: November 29, 2017.

The author declares there is no conflict of interest.

Abstract: This paper discusses issues associated with the evaluation of the usefulness of physical evidence found on the site of a crime for formulating the probable version of the course of the criminal event. For example, the very type of tool that the perpetrator uses usually indicates the intention to commit the act, making it possible to determine not only the scope of the harm caused, but also the motive for the prohibited act. The object and purpose of this paper is to answer the question about the role of physical evidence in the evaluation of a prohibited act under the criminal law. The deliberations are based on an analysis of the results of the author’s own research.

Keywords: physical evidence, murder weapon, intention to commit a prohibited act, motive, impulse

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