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)

Man dies in gyrocopter crash near Gatton

Brisbane Times Kristian Silva November 21, 2014

A man has died in a gyrocopter crash near Gatton.
A witness called fire crews at 1.17pm to say there had been a possible crash at Lefthand Branch, about 80 kilometres south-west of Ipswich.
However police later confirmed that it was a gyrocopter and one man at the scene was dead.
It is not known whether there are other injuries.

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Hunter Marr: Inquest into death of boy following hospital discharge begins

ABC News Francene Norton 21 November 2014

The mother of a young boy who died less than 24 hours after being released from a Brisbane hospital has broken down in court as she recounted the events leading up to his death.
A coronial inquest has begun into the death of nine-year-old Gold Coast boy Hunter Marr, who died the day after being discharged from hospital.
Hunter was taken to the Mater Children’s Hospital in January with breathing difficulties, but was sent home.
His condition deteriorated the next morning and he was pronounced dead at the Logan Hospital.

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Quad bikes coronial inquest: Children account for one in five fatalities, hearing told

ABC News Francene Norton 21 November 2014

One in five people killed in a quad bike accident in Australia is a child, an inquest has heard.
Many parents were ignoring warnings not to let their children ride on adult quad bikes, the inquest before Queensland deputy coroner John Lock was told on Thursday.
Mr Lock has been looking into the deaths of nine Queenslanders aged from nine to 86 between March 2012 and January this year.
Today’s hearing was part of the second phase of an inquest that started this month, which aimed to make safety recommendations to help prevent quad bike-related deaths.

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Prostitute accused of manslaughter texted co-accused about ‘rich client’ day before man found dead at Varisty Lakes

Gold Coast Bulletin Meagan Weymes  November 20, 2014

A PROSTITUTE accused of manslaughter texted one of the co-accused that she had something ‘lined up’ with a ‘rich client’ the day before a man was found dead in a Varsity Lakes townhouse last month, a court was told today.
Milan Walker, 35, successfully applied for bail in the Southport Magistrates Court this morning after she was charged following Gregory Hudson’s death on October 23.
Mr Hudson was found dead, naked and tied to a chair in a Varsity Lakes townhouse last month.

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Matthew Cox, charged with murder of Gold Coast Sex & Chocolate singer Tony Williams, pleads not guilty in Brisbane Magistrates Court

Gold Coast Bulletin Emmaline Stigwood November 20, 2014

THE former soldier accused of murdering Sex & Chocolate’s Tony Williams has admitted to killing the Gold Coast singer but will claim self defence.
Matthew Scott Anthony Cox pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Williams in his Mermaid Waters unit on December 23, 2011.
Mr Williams was allegedly found beaten to death in his unit on Christmas Eve.
Defence barrister Jeff Hunter, QC, this afternoon said his client was the killer but denied it was an unlawful killing.

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Murder charge after body found in esky near Cairns

Brisbane Times Kristian Silva November 20, 2014

Police believe a man was murdered and put in an esky south-east of Cairns.
The large esky was found by detectives in bushland at Edmonton, about 15 kilometres from the Cairns CBD.
A crime scene has been established and police scientific officers are examining the scene.
Investigators are also searching a property at Lord Street in Edmonton, which is the primary crime scene.
A 32-year-old man has been charged with murder and interfering with a corpse.
He is due to face Cairns Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Wife sees cyclist die after bike and car collide on Kennedy Highway near Mareeba Grace Uhr  November 18, 2014

THE wife of a man who was hit by a car and killed while cycling just south of Mareeba had been riding a short ­distance behind when the ­accident took place.
The Kennedy Highway was partly closed for about three hours on Tuesday as police began investigations into the collision at the intersection with Vicary Rd, about 9.20am.
Forensic Crash Unit Acting Sgt Scott Ezard said it was ­believed the man, aged in his 60s, had been planning to make a right-hand turn on to the highway from Vicary Rd when he was struck by the northbound vehicle.

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