Murder & Gang violence
- Name of case - Sheffield 'Postcode' gang murder
- Force - South Yorkshire Police
- Challenge - Sheffield police wanted to show graphically the events leading to the multiple stabbing of a gang member in Sheffield city centre UK. Brett Blake bled to death after he was stabbed in his neck and abdomen in two separate attacks inside city centre nightclub Uniq in June.Two former friends, Danny Hockenhull, aged 24 and Curtis Goring, aged 27, are accused of killing him in a planned attack resulting from infighting among members of the same S3 postcode gang.
- Solution deployed - We created a fully rendered and animated model of the Uniq nightclub showing the movements of the protagonists, victim, perpetrators and collaborators. We also created sanitised and animated 3D models showing the injuries sustained by Blake.
- Case outcome - The powerful impact of the material, shown around the court on multiple screens, assisted the jury's understanding of the case and led to the conviction of Danny Hockenhull and Curtis Goring for murder.
- The work carried out by the SRi team was praised by Judge Justice Beaston as being invaluable to the running of the case.
Details of the case can be found here and here