It is the 21st century and technology has played a vital part in bringing ease to various fields of our lives.And it’s fascinating how a simple device like the Apple watch has helped the Police in Australia in a murder trial, by presenting data gathered from it as evidence. This is because a Smartwatch can track movement and heart rate.
In shocking events, A grandmother by the name of Myrna Nilsson was wearing the device when she was killed in 2016.Caroline Nilsson, her daughter in law, is accused of staging an ambush, although she claimed that she was tied up by a group of unknown men who broke into their house.However, data from the grandmother Myrna Nilsson smartwatch would suggest that she was ambushed as soon as she arrived home, meaning she actually died hours earlier than what Caroline Nilsson claims.
‘Ambush’ was the word.
Caroline Nilsson gave her statement to the police that her mother in law was followed home by some unknown men in a car. ABC News reported that Caroline Nilsson said her that for about 20 minutes the victim had argued with the men outside the house, but she did not hear the fatal attack.Neighbors called the police when they Ms. Nilsson come out of the house gagged and distressed.Caroline Nilsson claimed the unknown men had tied her up and once they left she was able to cut herself loose and go out of the house for help.
But Prosecutor Carmen Matteo said that based on evidence from the victim’s smartwatch, Ms. Nilsson had staged the home invasion.The body of the 57 year old Myrna Nilsson was found in the laundry room of her home in Valley View, Adelaide.
Carmen Matteo said,
“The evidence from the Apple iWatch is a foundational piece of evidence for demonstrating the falsity of the defendant’s account to police”.
“A watch of this type… contains sensors capable of tracking the movement and rate of movement of the person wearing it… it also measures the heart rate.”
The prosecution proposed that the watch showed data of a person going into shock and losing consciousness.
“The deceased must have been attacked at around 6:38pm and had certainly died by 6:45pm,” Carmen Matteo said.
“If that evidence is accepted, it tends to contradict the accused’s version of an argument occurring between the deceased and these men outside the laundry for a period of up to 20 minutes.
“Her emergence from the house was well after 10:00pm and if the Apple iWatch evidence is accepted, that is over three hours after the attack on the deceased.”
Magistrate Oliver Koehn denied Ms. Nilsson bail based on the “apparent strength of the prosecution’s case”.