Forensic document examiner says she is prepared to go to jail

A forensic document examiner has admitted she would go to prison for contempt of court for questioning a witness who she believed to be lying.

The woman, who has not been named, told the High Court she had made the “wrong decision” after the witness appeared to make a mistake about the age of her child.

“I made a mistake and that’s why I was asked to appear in court,” Ms Daley said.

“The fact is, I have a very long history of being wrong about matters of life and death, of family matters, and I’m not a professional, I’m a human being, and that means I’m prepared to do things that I shouldn’t have done, I don’t know if I will go to court.”

Ms Daley’s lawyer told the court she would be appealing the case, but did not specify how she would do so.

“There is no evidence to support the contention that the matter should be dismissed because of this, the evidence shows that Ms Dally is a professional forensic examiner who has the skill and training to investigate this matter and that this matter should not be dismissed,” her lawyer said.

The court heard Ms Daly had made a false allegation in a statement to police.

She was also given a letter saying she would “not be able to carry on” as a forensic examiner, the court heard.

Ms Daly was working as a police forensic officer when she made the statement.

Her case is set for sentencing on October 28.

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