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)

Experts find 283 DNA samples from MH17 site

Houston Chronicle Mike Corder AP 27 August 2014

Experts working to identify the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have gathered DNA samples from 283 people and have positively identified 173.  Of the 173 sets of remains that have been positively identified, 73 have been returned to next of kin. Police say some families are waiting for more complete sets of remains or until families and friends who were traveling together are all positively identified before reclaiming their loved ones.

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You have a bacterial ‘aura’ that follows you around

ScienceAlert Australia Felicity Nelson 30 August 2014

Scientists have found a microbial ‘aura’ of unique and identifiable communities of bacteria living on people’s skin and in their homes. These communities follow people whereever they go and leave traces that can be used almost like a fingerprint to determine a person’s movements.  Forensic scientists can use this microbial ‘fingerprint’ to trace your movements.

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First bodies of MH17 plane victims return to Australia

ABC News 1 September 2014

The first bodies of Australian victims from the MH17 Malaysia Airlines plane tragedy have arrived back in Australia.  Family members of Albert and Maree Rizk, from Sunbury north-west of Melbourne, accompanied their coffins on the trip back from Amsterdam on Friday.

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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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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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