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)

Police charge a man with 2001 murder of Gold Coaster Darren John Britza

Gold Coast Bulletin ANDREW POTTS October 31, 2014

POLICE have arrested and charged a third person with a 2001 Gold Coast murder today.
A 34-year-old Bundaberg man was charged with murder today, the third person involved in the case.
Known drug associate Darren John Britza was bashed in a Southport panel beating shop on Minnie shop on March 23 2001.
The 31-year-old’s body was missing until his skeletal remains were discovered under Canungra Creek bridge in March 2008 after record rainfall unearthed the gravesite.
The bones were wrapped in a blue tarp and his identity was only confirmed when police found a damaged SIM car was found.
In 2009 police charged a man and a woman with murder.
Earlier this year the woman was found guilty and sentenced to life for her part in the crime.
The man is expected to appear at the Bundaberg Magistrates Court today.

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Jamie Rex Teichmann pleads not guilty to murder of Michael Desmond Manson

News.com.au Brooke Baskin October 30, 2014

A YOUNG horse rider made the gruesome discovery.
Parked in the bush ahead, beneath the trees and in the long grass, was a blue ute with a man’s bare feet sticking out of the rear tray.
Coominya local Christopher Jennings told a jury in the Supreme Court in Brisbane on Thursday he found the body of family man Michael Desmond Manson, 48, dumped in the back of his own car and abandoned on a bush track near the Atkinson Dam on December 10, 2010.
Mr Jennings said he could tell straight away he had come across a dead body.
He rode home and called police.
Jamie Rex Teichmann, 39, pleaded not guilty before Justice Peter Flanagan to murdering Mr Manson during a violent roadside fight over a woman late at night in Coominya, west of Brisbane in the Lockyer Valley, on December 8, 2010.

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A machine operator accused of driving over his supervisor at Mt Moss Mine says he didn’t see him

Townsville Bulletin EMMA CHANNON October 31, 2014

A LOADER operator who fatally injured his supervisor at a North Queensland mine site says he couldn’t see him from his 40-tonne capacity truck.
Colin John Lee, 54, hit and killed father-of-three Michael Cassidy while he was working at Mt Moss Mine, about 150km northwest of Townsville.
Lee had been talking with Mr Cassidy, 46, at a section of the mine about his duties for the day, on August 26 2012, when Lee got into his front-end loader and drove off.
Police believe Lee hit Mr Cassidy in the head with the loader’s bucket, knocking him over, before driving forward and over his body.

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Granite Gorge Nature Park a ‘clear and present danger': Coroner

Brisbane Times Cameron Atfield October 31, 2014

A coroner has recommended activities at a far north Queensland tourism operator be suspended until a safety audit was undertaken, following the death of a German tourist in 2011.
In a damning assessment, coroner Jane Bentley said the Granite Gorge Nature Park, about 15 kilometres south-west of Mareeba, posed a “clear and present danger” to public safety.
Nineteen-year-old Navina Friedericke Villinger, from Hamburg, drowned on January 10, 2011, after she was caught in a current at a Granite Gorge creek and swept into an underwater cave system known as the “Bat Cave”.

‘Bizarre act’ led to death of Karl Wright, inquest hears

News.com.au Kathleen Donaghey October 29, 2014

A CORONER has ruled out suicide as the cause of death of a mechanic found bound and gagged in his sleeping bag.
Detectives concluded that Karl Robert Wright, 43, had intentionally killed himself when his body was found on his Sunshine Coast property last year.
His mother Paula discovered the disability pensioner in a sleeping bag and on a mattress in his man shed on July 29, 2013.

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Inquest into death of Karl Robert Wright found bound and gagged in sleeping bag

Update: Human remains confirmed, Rockhampton

QPS News October 28, 2014

Rockhampton detectives have confirmed, human remains found late last week, were that of Robert Martinez.  Continue reading…