AAfter scans are made, objects such as skulls and bones can be printed in 3D, allowing jurors to examine crucial evidence without being confronted with a real body. In the past, judges have often rejected evidence because they are too graphic for jury members.

And the technology is used to study the delicate bones of young children or babies often damaged post mortem, or to determine the exact point of impact of road collisions.

The team even discovered an area of ​​bone cartilage in the throat that could help investigators determine if a victim had been strangled.

Chief Detective Chief Mark Payne, of the West Midlands Police, said, "By using cases in which we thought we were strangled, we were able to prove that this was not the case. that it was not the cause of death.

"So you can imagine people dying for all kinds of reasons, often in unclear circumstances.

"If we can say categorically that the person who died was strangled and the force used was important, then it restricts the possibility for people to say that it was an accident or that it was a fight things that people can not take this way.

"That's why they have to either lie or raise their hands and say," I strangled that person. "

He said the new technology made it harder than ever for criminals to get away with murder.

"When I started investigating murders, I felt really bad on the ground, knocking on doors in search of witnesses," he added.

"Now that with all the science, it's getting harder and harder for people to get away with murder.

"We are incredibly good at solving the murders and the people who commit them are more likely than going to jail for the rest of our lives, which is good news for everyone."