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)

Kate Malonyay murdered by compulsive liar ex-boyfriend Elliott Coulson, NSW Coroner finds AMY DALE August 29, 2014

KATE Malonyay was killed by her ex-boyfriend, a former navy officer who was later accused of a remarkably similar attack on another former girlfriend, a coroner has found today.
The body of the woman regarded as having “a gift for friendship” was found covered by her doona inside her apartment at Mosman in Sydney on April 22 last year.
The following day, her ex-partner Elliott Coulson jumped from a 26th-storey balcony at the Surfers Paradise Marriott as homicide police entered his room.

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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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Gold Coast Bulletin

Craig Andrew Holzberger jailed for life for murdering pregnant girlfriend Tenille Hass in Bundaberg

ABC News Kallee Buchanan 28 August 2014

A man has been sentenced to life in prison for stabbing his pregnant girlfriend to death and killing her unborn child in Bundaberg in southern Queensland.
In March, Craig Andrew Holzberger was found guilty of stabbing to death his girlfriend, Tenille Hass, 24, at a Bundaberg home in 2011.

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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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More Than Half of MH17 Victims Now Identified

The Wall Street Journal Maarten van Tartwijk Aug. 27, 2014

Forensic specialists said Wednesday they have identified the remains of more than half of the 298 people who were killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but the rest could take several more months.
Dutch officials in charge of the investigation said that more than 173 victims have been identified so far, largely through the examination of fingerprints and dental records. The exact number will be released once the victims’ relatives have been informed, they said.

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