Fingerprint evidence used against suspected burglars
An example of a Scotland Yard fingerprint registration form. Mr Henry, the fingerprint expert told the court that he had examined thousands of fingerprints and had never found two the same. Photo: Illustrated London News [London, England], 6 August 1910

Fingerprint evidence used against suspected burglars

Published: 21 February 1914

Two men appeared before the Southern Police Court in Dublin yesterday charged with the theft of 7s 8d in cash and 24s worth of goods from Messrs. Connolly and Co. of Townshend Street. The court heard evidence that Patrick Pett and Michael Maher broke a window to enter the premises and then broke open a roll-top desk.

Central to the prosecution’s case is evidence provided by Mr. Henry, the fingerprint expert at the General Prisons Board. Mr. Henry told the court that Mr. Maher’s fingerprints were found on glass at the premises. He said he had examined thousands of fingerprints and had never found two the same.

The two accused are thought to be part of a gang who have carried out burglaries at pubs and stores around Dublin city centre over the past two months.

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