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4.2 DS Sund shows the ID parades to Lila

Figure 13

DS Sund decides to show Lila a VIPER video identification parade for the driver first.

Before showing the video she reads the following instruction:

Lila, in a moment I am going to show you a video of nine persons. While the video is being shown you may at any point ask to see a particular part of the video again and ask to have a particular picture frozen which you may wish to study. There is no limit on how many times you can view the whole video or any part of it. When you have seen the video at least twice and you have indicated that you do not want to view it or any part of it again, I will ask you a series of specific questions. Do you understand?

Lila says she does and DS Sund continues: 

The person referred to in your statement to the police, who on Wednesday afternoon in the city square was seen committing an armed robbery and kidnapping, may or may not appear in the images shown. Do you understand?

Lila again says she does. DS Sund then begins the video, which Lila watches carefully, and at the end asks to see two of the images again. Once she has finished looking at the video, DS Sund reads the following instruction:

Did the person you saw on Wednesday and later referred to in your statement to the police appear in the images just shown to you?

Lila indicates that yes, he does. DS Sund: 

Please tell me his number.

Lila says it is number 7, and DS Sund rewinds the video so that face 7 can be seen. She asks:

Is this the person you were referring to when you made the identification?

Lila says that yes, it is.

DS Sund then repeats the process with the same instructions for the video identification parade of the unmasked robber. However, when Lila is asked ‘Did the person you saw on Wednesday and later referred to in your statement to the police appear in the images just shown to you?’, Lila responds that she is not sure.

At that point DS Sund thanks Lila for participating in the procedure and reminds her that she should get in contact if she remembers anything additional or has any concerns.

The person (face 7) selected by Lila from the first parade is the suspect that DS Sund has been investigating, so the result is that Lila provided a positive identification for this parade. As Lila did not select anyone from the second parade, the result was a negative identification.