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.
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John Collins lured girl to his yacht with promises of work before raping her Brooke Baskin  October 30, 2014

A SEX predator who lured a young woman on to his yacht with the promise of a job as a live-aboard nanny had raped three other women in similar circumstances before her.
A jury in the District Court in Brisbane on Thursday found John Collins, 76, guilty of the rape and aggravated sexual assault of a young woman on his yacht the Pan Pacific while it was moored at the Southport Marina between December 1, 1999 and February 1, 2000.

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Update: Human remains confirmed, Rockhampton

QPS News October 28, 2014

Rockhampton detectives have confirmed, human remains found late last week, were that of Robert Martinez.  Continue reading…

Yachtsman denies raping, drugging woman on vessel

Daily Mercury Adam Davies 28 October 2014

A QUEENSLAND yachtsman has emphatically told a jury that he did not drug and rape a woman in the late 90s aboard his vessel while it was moored at a marina.

John Collins, 76, pleaded not guilty on Monday in the Brisbane District Court to three sexual assault offences and a rape charge stemming from his interactions with the woman between December 1, 1999 and February 1, 2000.

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Committal hearing for Sunshine Coast man bashed to death outside nightclub begins

ABC News Andree Withey 27 October 2014

Three men accused of bashing Wayne Dover to death outside a Sunshine Coast nightclub have appeared in court.

Matthew John Hill and brothers Blake Nathan Goldsworthy and Wade Leigh Goldsworthy, all in their 20s, faced a committal hearing in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court today charged with murdering Dover last November.

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Suspected double murder: Missing woman’s bag and driver’s licence found near human remains

ABC News Paul Robinson 27 October 2014

A woman’s handbag and identification clearly linked to Chantal Barnett were found close to where human remains were located on a Rockhampton property in central Queensland, police have confirmed.

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Dogged police work leads to fresh arrests in cold cases of McCulkin family and Gerhard Wagner

Courier Mail David Murray 25 October 2014

Detectives this week made dramatic inroads into outstanding cold cases, laying charges over the murders of five people in a series of breakthroughs.  The State Government this year overhauled laws to allow police to recharge suspects in historic cases when compelling new evidence emerges.

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Tests reveal remains found in central Qld are male

ABC News 25 October 2014

Preliminary forensic tests on human bones found in central Queensland earlier this week have revealed the remains are male.  The bones including a skull and teeth were discovered at a property on Bowlin Road in Rockhampton by a farmer clearing the property about 5:00pm (AEST) on Wednesday.

Police last year found a car and wallet belonging to Mr Martinez near the Bowlin Road property.  Evidence described as “personal items” were located nearby about two weeks ago.

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