Category Archives: Forensic pathology

Coronial autopsies, Disaster victim identification, Mortuary practice, forensic histology, forensic odontology, forensic skeletal examination, forensic anthropology, ethics, Legislation (i.e. Coroners Act), evidence provided at courts/in trials (expert evidence) by pathologists, Deaths in custody.
Focus on Queensland content unless wide reaching consequences (i.e. Evidence challenged in court, changes in equipment/methodology, malpractice)

Burnt torso: science, police work paints picture of victim

Brisbane Times Marissa Calligeros 17 April 2014

Detectives are relying on medical science to identify a man whose burnt, dismembered torso was found on the side of a rural Queensland last year.  Police are yet to determine whether a skull found last week in a pine tree plantation near Tin Can Bay, about 30 kilometres north of Cedar Pocket, belongs to the same victim.

Any DNA retrieved from the skull, which is being forensically examined at Brisbane’s John Tonge Centre, will be compared with DNA samples taken from the torso.

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Man killed in single-vehicle crash on western Downs

Queensland Times 17 April 2014

A MAN has been killed after his car left the road and rolled on the western Darling Downs last night.

The crash occurred about 10pm on the Glenearn Rd at Glenmorgan, south-west of Dalby.  Police say the car was travelling south when it rolled a number of times before coming to rest against a tree.  The sole occupant of the car, a 38-year-old Wellesley man died at the scene.  Investigations into the cause of the crash continue with the Forensic Crash Unit attending the scene.

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SIDS research: Severe lack of oxygen could be factor, say Adelaide researchers

ABC PM Caroline Winter 16 April 2014

Researchers think a severe lack of oxygen, rather than trauma or infection, is likely to be involved in cases of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).  Professor Roger Byard from Adelaide University says understanding the syndrome’s biological process is a next step.

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Man’s body found on Townsville street

ABC News 17 April 2014

Queensland police are investigating the discovery of a man’s body at Townsville in the state’s north.  The body was found on Sturt Street about 11:00pm (AEST) on Wednesday.

Police are still at the scene and the area remains cordoned off.  They are expected to conduct another search of the car park for any evidence.  The man is yet to be identified.  Detectives have spoken to the person who found the body, but say at this stage they do not know if the man’s death is suspicious.

A post mortem will be conducted.

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Body found in CBD carpark

Search fails to find suspected murder victim

ABC News Gail Burke 17 April 2014

Police have wound up their search of a dump south of Brisbane for the body of a missing man.  David Hanson, 71, was last seen at a Slacks Creek house at Logan on February 22.

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Alexis’s final moments caught on CCTV

Brisbane Times Kristian Silva 16 April 2014

A man captured on security footage with murdered woman Alexis Jeffery may be the last person to see her alive, hours before the 24-year-old’s body was found on a riverbank at the Queensland/NSW border.

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CCTV footage of suspected murder victim posted on YouTube

Police speak to man in CCTV footage before suspected Goondiwindi murder

Doctors delay vote on unseen contracts

Brisbane Times Amy Remeikis 16 April 2014

The state’s senior medicos have so little trust in the government, doctors have refused to vote on whether they will even consider the new contracts, without seeing them first.

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Union still worried about Qld Government’s doctors’ contracts amendments

Home insulation royal commission: Imported batts containing chemicals linked to cancer still on sale, inquiry hears

ABC News Brad Ryan 15 April 2014

Imported home insulation batts containing chemicals linked to cancer but used as part of the Rudd government’s home insulation scheme are still being sold today, an inquiry has heard.

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University of Adelaide researchers make world breakthrough in fight against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

News.com.au 16 April 2014

The researchers have identified a link between SIDS and breathing problems, finding that telltale signs in the brains of babies who died of SIDS are remarkably similar to those of children who died of accidental asphyxiation.

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Dumped skull damaged by bullet or weapon

Queensland Times 15 April 2014

POLICE yesterday confirmed that a skull found in Tin Can Bay forestry was damaged, possibly by a bullet or other weapon.  Police experts were attempting scientific reconstruction of facial features to help identify the dead person. Police are also checking dental records of known missing persons and we’re having DNA tests done.

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