In the USA, a perpetrator could be convicted of murder using data from the Apple Health app.
Apple Health app data provides crucial clues
In January 2018, a woman died of head injuries in the US state of Tennessee. The dead man’s husband was the prime suspect in the case from the outset because of an argument between him and his wife the night before her death. However, the police had no evidence to support this suspicion. In the trial at the time, the husband declared his innocence and kept silent about the allegations.
With the consent of the perpetrator and the victim’s family, the smartphone data was read out. These provided the decisive clues: the records showed that the woman last moved at a time when the husband – according to his own statements – had been asleep for a long time. However, the Apple Health app recorded movement data during the night and the security system on the front door also indicated that the door was opened after the bedtime specified by the husband.
The jury passed these leads to find the man guilty and the court sentenced him to 16 years in prison for manslaughter.
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