Memorable for his trademark sheepskin jacket, during the course of his deception he managed to trick not only members of the public, but also many judges, lawyers and the police themselves, into believing he was a genuine expert in forensic science.
Trial and imprisonment
Appearing in court, he insisted on being referred to as Doctor throughout the entire trial, and the jury were supposedly reduced to laughter on many occasions throughout the proceedings. Morrison pleaded gulity to two charges and was found guilty on 20 of the remaining 23; he was sentenced to five years imprisonment, with police suggesting that Morrison may attempt to revive his forensic services upon release.
On 15 October 2009, Morrison was convicted of thirteen child sex offences (three counts of rape, six counts of indecent assault, four counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child) and one count of perverting the course of justice committed between the 1970s and 2007, with 19 other charges taken into consideration.
He was sentenced to an indeterminate term of imprisonment with a minimum of seven-and-a-half years, to be served cumulatively with the five-year sentence. Morrison will be eligible for parole in 2017.
- Fraudulent forensic expert jailed, BBC News, 22 February 2007
- How to fake a living, by Steve Bradshaw, The Sunday Times, February 3, 2008
- Documentary about the conman who passed himself of as a top forensic scientist. BBC One programmes - Crime Scene Conman
- Bogus scientist raped young girls BBC News