Published: Fri, April 06, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Australian woman charged with murder after police use evidence from Apple Watch

Australian woman charged with murder after police use evidence from Apple Watch

Caroline claimed the same group of men tied her up in the house, and that she only managed to escape after they left.

Apple Watches could become the latest weapon in the law enforcement arsenal thanks to a odd case in Australia. Instead, the prosecutors said that the emergence of Caroline Nilsson from the home at 10:10 p.m. was totally inconsistent with the Apple Watch data of Myrna Nilsson that had recorded physical activity and the heart rate numbers.

The body of 57-year-old Myrna Nilsson was found in the laundry room of her home in Valley View, Adelaide, in September 2016. Caroline Nilsson's lawyer said she would deny the charges, Australian media reported.

But Myrna's smartwatch told a different story-and actually implicated Caroline in the attack.

"The evidence from the Apple iWatch is a foundational piece of evidence for demonstrating the falsity of the defendant's account to police", said Ms Matteo.

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According to prosecutors, the heart rate data recorded by the Apple Watch worn by Myrna Nilsson is consistent with a person going into shock and losing consciousness, adding that the attack and subsequent death happened earlier than suggested. They believe she spent the three hours after the killing staging the home invasion and discarding of bloody clothes.

Australia woman Caroline Nilsson has been charged with the murder of her mother-in-law, Myrna Nilsson, at their home in 2016, after data collected from the victim's Apple Watch proved Caroline's depiction of the events to be a bunch of BS.

This isn't the first time that a wearable has provided an potentially vital insight into a murder case.

In Germany, a third-party company examined the data to re-create the murderous activities the accused man had participated in through his movements. The app showed him "climbing stairs" - something police said represented him dragging his victim down a river bank and climbing back up. German police were also able to replicate his movements.

Last month we blogged about the potential for data from our smart devices being used against us in court. But data from stock iPhone apps, like Apple Health, is stored in the cloud, making it easy to access.

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