Wollie Wolmarans began his long career as a firearms expert humbly, by being trained to properly use weaponry in the South African Army. Once he had completed his military service, he enrolled in the Police College of the SAPS, a college which would later bring him back as an instructor.
Wollie was already known to be knowledgeable with firearms at this time, which naturally lead him to be transferred to the Quartermaster (known today as the logistics department of the SAPS) where he worked specifically in the forfeited and confiscated firearms section.
The forfeited and confiscated firearms section of the Quartermaster is the perfect place to see every kind of firearm imaginable. He worked as a gunsmith fixing damaged forfeited and confiscated firearms for various other state departments. He handled almost every weapon that was available to the criminal underground. Categorizing these firearms and learning their individual characteristics were essential to his job, and he is now today still able to identify thousands of distinct firearms.
After gaining invaluable experience working in the Quartermaster Wollie was transferred to the South African Criminal Bureau, where he trained in the identification of fingerprints for one year. Taking full advantage of his previous experience, he then transferred to the forensic ballistics department. He completed three years of training there, mastering the use of microscopes, and studying the intricate unique aspects of the different firearms he worked with. Over the period of his service Wollie conducted more than 15 000 firearm related forensic investigations.
He spent a period of time abroad after being seconded to the British South African Police, and then completed his police career with the SAPS, distinguishing himself in the field of forensic science. He went on early retirement in 1992.
Restless in his retirement, and not wanting his scarce skills to go to waste, Wollie founded his own private consultants practice – Independent Forensic Ballistic Expert cc – in 1992.
Wollie aimed to provide his expertise to the public, aiding in cases where his unique understanding of ballistics; his varied contact with a multitude of firearms, and his many years of forensic experience have been pivotal in achieving just outcomes.
By making use of highly accurate ballistics calculations software (currently Sierra Bullets Infinity – V6) Wollie is able to make scientifically evaluated deductions.
His primary business is working with and assisting attorneys, and advocates by appointment. He has testified as an expert witness in over 800 cases in this capacity. His expert testimony, based on his many years of forensics experience and his intricate understanding of firearms, has helped to carry out justice in the fairest capacity.
His skills are also invaluable to insurance companies. His training in the identification of tool marks enables him to help identify corporate sabotage, wilful destruction of property, vandalism and insurance fraud.
Private businesses can use Wollie’s expertise to determine wrongdoing in corporate disputes, using his forensics knowledge to confirm suspicions, or to point internal investigations in the right direction.
Wollie has also assisted government entities overseas. In 2000 he was employed by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Formal Yugoslavia in the capacity of SOCO (Scene of Crime Officer). In this assignment Wollie exhumed approximately 300 human cadavers. In his time there he worked in the morgue, and performed forensic analyses on artifacts which were retrieved from crime scenes and cadavers. He was successfully able to determine cause of death using these techniques, and he made the chilling and pivotal discovery that some of the cadavers had been brutally executed.
With his extensive experience with performing forensic analyses on cadavers, Wollie is able to give expert testimony on gunshot wounds, working from post-mortem reports and photos. He is also able to use this information to reconstruct a crime scene after the police have left. This allows him to provide his own account of events, unbiased towards that of the police.
His postmortem autopsy skills are not limited to humans. Rhino farmers have made use of forensic science to track down rhino poachers. Bullet cartridges can be retrieved and identified, and the specific tools which poachers use to gain entry to farms can be tracked down. Wollie was instrumental in the first ever arrest of a rhino poacher to be caught using forensic science, and has succeeded in more such cases since.
Wollie gained his extensive experience through practical work, and he maintains that working with other forensic science experts is the only way for one to become a forensic expert himself. Through his numerous associations over his many years of work, Wollie has become an expert in several disciplines outside of his own specialization in firearms and tool mark identification.
Wollie played an instrumental role in the first ever South African criminal case to feature blood spatter analysis in 1982: a landmark trial that resulted in the first ever conviction of a policeman for killing a black prisoner.
He continued to work with other experts in this field of study, and is now even though he has never been trained officially, he is capable of making preliminary analyses himself, and also advising clients with regards to other experts that need to be brought in to assist with investigations.
Through many years of constant learning, diligent practice, and absolute dedication; Wollie Wolmarans has been able to cement his position as one of South Africa’s foremost forensic scientists.
Get into contact with Wollie today for his expert advice, or to arrange his assistance in a forensic investigation.