Category Archives: Forensic DNA

Crime scene evidence, victims of crime, suspects allegedly involved in crimes and other persons of interest, analysis of blood, semen and saliva for DNA traces, major crime, volume crime (eg property crimes), evidence given at courts and in trials (expert evidence), CrimTrac, Disaster victim identification, missing persons, decomposed remains, new developments in methodology or equipment.
Focus on Queensland issues unless broader implications within the science (i.e. evidence challenged, legislation challenged, improvements in procedures etc)

Cairns double-murder: Brandon Peter MacGowan jailed for killing Scott Maitland, Cindy Masonwells

ABC News Kirsty Nancarrow 29 August 2014

A Cairns mechanic has been jailed for a minimum of 30 years for the murder of Mount Isa couple Scott Maitland and Cindy Masonwells.
It took a Supreme Court jury in Cairns, in far north Queensland, just over two hours to find Brandon Peter MacGowan, 43, guilty of the July 2012 killings.

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Man’s body found on Gold Coast August 29, 2014

A REPORT is being prepared for the Queensland coroner after a man’s body was found on the Gold Coast.
POLICE say the body was found about 5.30pm (AEST) on Thursday in a reserve area off Robina Town Centre Drive in the Gold Coast suburb of Robina.
The death isn’t suspicious but a report is being prepared for the coroner, police say. A police statement said officers were trying to determine whether the body was that of 73-year-old Ronald Bergen, who went missing in the area earlier this month.

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Gold Coast Bulletin

Jacob Michael Smith appears in court charged with murder of Anthea Mari

The Courier Mail Thomas Chamberlin August 29, 2014

SLAIN mother of four Anthea Mari’s body was found with a pillow over her face and a sheet wrapped tightly around her throat, police will allege.
Detectives allege the Norman Park woman’s longtime friend Jacob Michael Smith, 38, murdered Ms Mari, 34, in the loungeroom of her home after entering through a rear door some time after 1am, on Tuesday.

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Cairns double murder trial: Judge sums up case to jury as ‘whodunnit’

ABC News Sharnie Kim 28 August 2014

The Supreme Court judge summing up the trial of a Cairns mechanic accused of murdering a Mount Isa couple has described the case as a “whodunnit”.
Justice Jim Henry has been summing up on the eighth day of 43-year-old Brandon Peter MacGowan’s trial in the Cairns Supreme Court in far north Queensland.

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More Than Half of MH17 Victims Now Identified

The Wall Street Journal Maarten van Tartwijk Aug. 27, 2014

Forensic specialists said Wednesday they have identified the remains of more than half of the 298 people who were killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but the rest could take several more months.
Dutch officials in charge of the investigation said that more than 173 victims have been identified so far, largely through the examination of fingerprints and dental records. The exact number will be released once the victims’ relatives have been informed, they said.

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Update – appeal for information, suspicious death, Gatton

Qld Police Media August 28, 2014

Police investigations into the suspicious death of a man in the Gatton area in August 2012 have received new information.
The investigation commenced after police located the body of 25-year-old Shui Ki Chan around 10am on August 23, 2012 at the side of the Warrego Highway adjacent to the University of Queensland, Gatton Campus.
Following a recent appeal for public assistance police have received reports that a blue late 90s model Ford Falcon sedan was seen in the area.
Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen this vehicle in the vicinity of the Warrego Highway near the University of Queensland, Gatton Campus between 7.15pm and 7.45pm on 22 August 2012 to contact either Gatton Police direct on 5468 3266 or Crimestoppers.
The death is being treated as suspicious.

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Vicious rapist jailed 21 years after brutal rape in Surfers Paradise

Gold Coast Bulletin Leah Fineran  August 28, 2014

A VICIOUS rapist has finally been jailed after Gold Coast detectives used new DNA technology to solve a disturbing cold case after 21 years.
In 1993, George Da Costa, 25, stalked a 19-year-old girl he met at Cocktails and Dreams nightclub before punching her unconscious, raping her and leaving her for dead by the Chevron Island bridge.

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