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No retrial in Holland murder case

SBS AAP 11 Apr 2014

The man acquitted of murdering Queensland schoolgirl Leanne Holland won’t face a retrial.
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie made the announcement on Friday following a review of all the evidence against Graham Stafford, who was jailed for the 1991 murder of the 12-year-old.
He said the director of public prosecutions, a retired Supreme Court judge and a senior Queen’s Counsel reviewed all of the evidence and advised him that a new trial would not be in the public interest.
“I must respect that advice,” he said in a statement on Friday.
“Leanne’s family has been informed and my thoughts are with them at this time.”
Mr Bleijie said relevant considerations included the age of the case, the fact Leanne died more than 20 years ago, and Mr Stafford had already served 15 years in prison.
Leanne’s battered body was found in bushland near her family’s Goodna home, west of Brisbane, on September 26, 1991.
Mr Stafford was released after his conviction was quashed in 2009 on a technicality, prompting a two-year police review.
In December 2012, police said new forensic evidence indicated Mr Stafford committed the 1991 murder, and recommended he be retried.
Mr Stafford said a retrial would set the record straight.
The State Director of Public Prosecutions decided there was no point pursuing one, however Mr Bleijie appointed former Supreme Court judge Kenneth Mackenzie QC to review the case.

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Queensland Police trying to rule out links to known homicide or missing person cases after human remains found in Tin Can Bay forestry

News.com.au Kate McKenna  April 11, 2014

HUMAN remains have been found in a pine tree plantation near the seaside town of Tin Can Bay.
Police said they are treating the discovery as a “new investigation,” but inquiries are being made to establish or rule out links to known homicide or missing persons cases.
According to initial information, the remains were discovered by forestry workers on a clearing operation off Cooloola Coast Rd about 8am yesterday.
A land search and forensic examination of the scene is continuing, police said.

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Young man on trial for attempted murder after torching ex-girlfriend’s Coomera home as she and a male friend slept

Gold Coast Bulletin Leah Fineran April 11, 2014

A MAN who allegedly torched his ex-girlfriend’s Gold Coast house as she and a friend slept has been committed to stand trial for attempted murder.
Kyle Tasman Tubb, 22, yesterday conceded to being committed to the Supreme Court in Brisbane on a future date.
He entered no plea on charges including two counts of attempted murder, arson, burglary and unlawful use of a car.

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Alleged carjacker Jason Selby will spend next two months in lock up after Burleigh Waters hold up

Gold Coast Bulletin Melanie Petrinec & Leah Fineran April 11, 2014

AN accused car jacker will spend the next two months behind bars for allegedly stealing a teenager’s car at knifepoint on the Gold Coast.
Police allege Jason Selby, 27, caught a taxi to a Burleigh Waters Shell service station at 11pm on Tuesday night and hinted he was about to commit a crime.
At the service station he allegedly held a knife to an 18-year-old male driver and threatened him before stealing the teenager’s Holden Cruz.
Today Selby briefly appeared in the Southport Magistrates Court charged with armed robbery, going armed as to cause fear, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and stealing.

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Mystery remains over why Condamine River is bubbling

News.com.au JOHN MCCARTHY  April 11, 2014

QUEENSLAND has another mystery that science still can’t pin down: the bubbling of the Condamine River.
After two years and a “considerable sum’’ invested, coal seam gas company Origin has released a scientific report that has four theories but still cannot quite pin down the mystery.

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Prostate cancer tests underestimate aggressiveness of disease, says study

The Guardian 11 April 2014

Men with prostate cancer are being given false hope by tests that underestimate the aggressiveness of their disease, according to a study.
Researchers found that more than half of a group of men whose cancers were initially classified as slow-growing and confined later turned out to have more dangerous tumours.
The findings, published in the British Journal of Cancer, call into question the ability of experts to grade and stage prostate cancers on the basis of biopsy samples.

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North Queensland family of nine ache for child they lost to whooping cough

The Courier Mail Laura Chalmers April 11, 2014

THEY are a big, loving family of nine but Elizabeth Cockroft and Nathan Taylor often ache for the child they lost.
Malakai was six weeks old when he died from whooping cough in September 2012. He is believed to be the most recent child to have lost his life from the disease in Queensland.
“Often we wonder about him — what would he have grown up to be, how would we have celebrated his birthday, which of his brothers he would most look like,’’ Ms Cockroft, from Millaa Millaa outside of Cairns, said.
Since Malakai’s death, Ms Cockroft, 32, has been pushing for change. She wants the State Government to fund a whooping cough booster for all pregnant women in their third trimester. The National Immunisation Handbook states women can be given the vaccine pre-pregnancy, after delivery or during their third trimester.
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Mother of victim says recognised alleged shooter when he walked into her workplace

Gold Coast Bulletin Emmaline Stigwood April 11, 2014

A ROBINA mother has described how she identified her son’s alleged shooter when he walked into her workplace months after the attack.
Snezana Marjanovic yesterday gave evidence in the trial of Robert Kingsley Corowa, who is charged with attempted murder over an evening shootout in Robina on November 26, 2011.
The Supreme Court in Brisbane has heard Corowa, 32, was allegedly jealous about his former girlfriend taking up with another man — Marko Marjanovic.

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CSIRO study finds some of Australia’s remote beaches are most polluted

ABC News Jake Sturmer 11 April 2014

A new study of Australia’s dirtiest and cleanest beaches has revealed some surprising results.
CSIRO researchers have spent two years surveying Australia’s entire coastline, counting rubbish on sections of sand and sea every 100 kilometres.

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Postmortem CT compared to autopsy in children; concordance in a forensic setting

International Journal of Legal Medicine April 2014
The aim of this study is to assess the accuracy of postmortem CT (PMCT) in determining the cause of death in children who underwent a forensic autopsy because of a suspected nonnatural death.