Cellebrite’s Digital Intelligence solutions were featured in a three-part BBC documentary that follows investigators at Northumbria Police as they seek to solve real-life crimes.

In the final episode of the series, investigators are called in after a teenager is raped by a stranger as she walks through a park. Without any DNA evidence to prove the crime, the Digital Intelligence secured from the suspect’s phone proved to be the crucial piece of evidence in the case.

The suspect claimed to have forgotten the PIN to his phone, but investigators are shown using Cellebrite’s UFED to instantly gain lawful access to his device. When they access his browsing history, using UFED, his violent fascination with rape is revealed. 

His browsing history also demonstrates that, immediately after the attack, he researched how long it would take for police to make an arrest after finding finger print evidence.

In the end, the compelling nature of the digital evidence helps to persuade the suspect to plead guilty. His guilty plea was a relief for everyone involved in bringing him to justice, with a guaranteed prison sentence and no need for the seventeen year-old victim to go through the trauma of a court case.

In part through Cellebrite’s technology, Northumbria Police took the perpetrator off the streets and ensured he was punished for his crime. The courts sentenced him to 9 years in prison and an additional 6 years on license.

 “The digital evidence was the final nail in the coffin. If you took that out, we wouldn’t have got a guilty plea.” Northumbria Police

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