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Interview with Philip Gilhooley


Interviewed by Olly Jarvis, in a fascinating podcast, top expert, Philip Gilhooley takes the listener on a journey through the history of this area of forensics, famous cases and his own career.

He talks in depth about his involvement in solving the murder of Helen McCourt and the impending, ‘Helen’s Law’ which the victim’s mother has fought so hard for.

And hear about the discovery of  two hundred and fifty year old fingerprints on a photographic plate!


With over 50 years’ experience in the field of fingerprint identification, Philip Gilhooley is an internationally recognised fingerprint expert.

He started his career with the Merseyside Police in 1964, qualifying as a nationally registered fingerprint expert in 1970, becoming Principal Fingerprint Officer, and Deputy Head of Bureau, in 1992. In April 2004, Phillip was promoted to Chief Fingerprint Officer, Head of the Merseyside Police Fingerprint Bureau.

From 2007 until 2011 he held the position of Senior Lecturer, Forensic Science at Liverpool John Moores University, and brought over forty years practical forensic experience to Academia.

He now works as an independent, for both prosecution and defence, and is frequently involved in review of cold cases, worldwide.

Find out more about Philip Gilhooley at Forensic Access.

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