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Mrs Kathryn Thorndycraft Pope

Professional Description:

Questioned Document Examiner

25/27 Cameron Street
AB39 2BL
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Kathryn Thorndycraft Pope is a Questioned Document Examiner. Her expertise is in examining handwriting and documents to determine if they are genuine or fraudulent. She uses specialised equipment which can decipher alterations, erasions and indentations.

Kathryn started her career as a Questioned Document Examiner by joining the Identification Bureau of Grampian Police over 28 years ago. After initial training which included a short experience at the Home Office in Birmingham, and training in all aspects of ‘Identification’ of the crime such as Scene of Crime, Forensic Photography and Fingerprints. She was authorised as a Forensic Document Examiner by The Secretary of State for Scotland, to report on Handwriting and Document Examination, and attend Court as an Expert Witness. In 1998 she started her own Company - FHDI (Forensic Handwriting & Document Investigation) undertaking casework from all over the UK Europe and Worldwide.

Kathryn has given Expert Witness evidence on many occasions, including many High Courts, Sheriff and District Courts. She was involved in a case which made Scottish legal History when £100 million of cocaine was brought into the West Coast of Scotland. Kathryns’ expertise was vital in establishing the importers connections and proving their guilt.

Kathryn also works with Catriona MacDonald, who is a fully qualified expert and has worked with FHDI for 6 years.


Associate with the Chartered Institute of Forensic Sciences

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