Recruited as director of the Forensic Science Laboratory a year ago, Jane Maclean, Maurice left yesterday, Monday, October 24. She said other reasons for his departure.
If she took over the plane for England, Monday, October 24, after a year in Mauritius, because she was recruited by the New Scotland Yard to establish a forensic laboratory in within the Metropolitan Police London hotel.
It's a professional challenge for her but there is also a reason more private, she told shortly before his departure. Her two children, ages 12 and 14, must prepare their GCSE years and want to prepare a sector that is not offered on the island.
"We had to make a choice. My contract was for a period of one year. I came to Mauritius after responding to a call for nominations for the British government intended to close its laboratories," she said.
Aged 44 years, the scientist has worked twelve years as a forensic pathologist and also taught chemistry and forensic science at Staffordshire University before taking employment in Mauritius. For the twelve months to FSL, Jane Maclean expressed satisfaction that the laboratory has obtained accreditation which ranks among the best in this part of the globe.
She also reveals that the FSL has already begun collecting DNA from prisoners and other suspects in sex crimes and assaults to set up a database. This should be operational by June 2012 and could elucidate some issues left outstanding, as the case Dantier Nadine.
Jane Maclean also pointed out that unlike other countries, the state invests in Mauritius forensic laboratory. And that eventually, within five years, the FSL will carry out the tests "contact DNA" that was used to find the genetic fingerprint of Bernard Maigrot in evidence in the camp where Vanessa Lagesse was killed.
The scientist believes that the FSL experts have the chance to be in a small country because they have the opportunity to go collect samples at the scene of a crime. "In England, as everything is paid, the police will decide what needs to be analyzed. Here I was able to get off the field and decide what needs to be submitted for testing," explains she said.
Jane Maclean does say more about his stay in Mauritius, except that the FSL is investing heavily in equipment.This allowed, among other things, to authenticate the ticket Vidianand Kallootee, the winner of the jackpot of Rs 35.8 million in the 100th Lotto draw. "Never could have done with the unit we had before," she admits.
Maurice is small, repeated she, the FSL is expected to have a great future. Especially since it has
qualified personnel, trained in the best American schools.