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)

Snorkeler drowns at Lady Elliot Island

News.com.au July 24, 2014

A WOMAN has drowned as she snorkelled with a group at Lady Elliot Island.
The group were snorkelling off Lady Elliot Island, approximately 80km north-east of Bundaberg, at around 10am Wednesday when the incident occurred.
Bundaberg paramedics were deployed to the scene via the careflight rescue helicopter but could not revive the patient.
Police say there are no suspicious circumstances.

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MH17: grim task ahead for DNA experts as they sift remains to identify bodies

The Guardian Amanda Holpuch and Oliver Milman 23 July 2014

The first set of bodies of MH17 victims were due to arrive in the Netherlands on Wednesday, where efforts to identify them will begin. The remains were left outdoors for two days, in sweltering heat and rain, but expert investigators should “pretty reliably” be able to collect DNA to identify the remains.
“Overall, my guess is that as far as DNA analysis and identification, they should have pretty good success,” said Dr David Foran, director of the forensic biology laboratory at the University of Michigan.

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The Conversation Ahmad Samarji 24 July 2014
How dental records will help identify bodies from MH17

Kirra McLoughlin, 27, may have lain up to 12 hours in house after being critically injured in fight

Gold Coast Bulletin Brittany Vonow July 23, 2014

A MOTHER-of-four had to be flown from Gympie to the Gold Coast, bypassing two major Brisbane hospitals, after suffering serious head injuries in a fight.
Kirra McLoughlin, 27, died the next day, with homicide police now assisting Wide Bay Burnett district police in their investigation.

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State government promises meeting over mandatory child care laws

Townsville Bulletin EMMA CHANNON  July 24, 2014

THE Newman Government has promised to meet with a Townsville couple who have been pushing for mandatory reporting laws for child carers since their grandson was killed.
Minister for Child Safety Tracy Davis will meet with John and Sue Sandeman, whose grandson Mason Parker was murdered by their daughter’s partner in April 2011.

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Friend claims missing Bowen teen wanted to confront lover

Townsville Bulletin SAMANTHA HEALY  July 24, 2014

A FRIEND of missing Bowen teen Rachel Antonio claims she planned to confront her lover and admit to faking a pregnancy on the day she disappeared.
An inquest into the disappearance of the 16-year-old heard from a former classmate, who said Rachel had been seeing former lifesaver Robert Hytch since she was 14.

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Australian team to identify MH17 bodies

The Sydney Morning Herald Paul Osborne AAP July 24, 2014

A forensics expert who helped identify Ned Kelly’s body is part of an international team investigating the MH17 crash.
David Ranson is a forensic pathologist and deputy director of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM).
The Melbourne scientist will join other forensic experts in the Netherlands at the Corporal Van Oudheusden Barracks in Hilversum.
The town itself is in mourning after the loss of several families in the Malaysia Airlines crash in the Ukraine.
Associate Professor Ranson will be accompanied by VIFM forensic dentists Jeremy Graham and Lyndall Smythe as well as technician Gemma Radford.

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Daily Mail article link

MH17: First victims of Malaysia Airlines crash arrive in the Netherlands

ABC News 24 July 2014

The bodies of the first victims from the Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine last week have arrived at a military base in the Netherlands.
The 40 bodies were flown to the Eindhoven air base from Ukraine in a Dutch Hercules C-130 and a Royal Australian Air Force Boeing C-17.

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Full forensic search needed to ensure all MH17 victims are found: PM

The Australian Phillip Hudson July 23, 2014

TONY Abbott has revealed he is in talks with Australia’s “partners in grief” about a range of options to secure the MH17 crash site, amid fears the remains of some victims of the Malaysia Airlines disaster may never be found.
A grim Prime Minister said it was quite possible many bodies still remained undiscovered and exposed to the European summer following the downing of the flight over rebel-held eastern Ukraine, probably by a surface-to-air missile.

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Sydney Morning Herald article link

Fatal traffic crash, Gumlu near Bowen

Qld Police Media July 23, 2014

A man has died following a single vehicle roll-over today between Homehill and Bowen, just south of Arrow Creek.
Around 10.45am, police and emergency services were called to the scene which closed the Bruce Highway for approximately four and a half hours.

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Fatal traffic crash, East of Emerald

Qld Police Media July 23, 2014

A woman has died following a two vehicle crash today at Yamala, east of Emerald.
Around 8.40am, police were called to the Capricorn Highway at the intersection of Bauhinias Road following reports of a collision between a car and a truck.

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