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)

Experts find 283 DNA samples from MH17 site

Houston Chronicle Mike Corder AP 27 August 2014

Experts working to identify the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have gathered DNA samples from 283 people and have positively identified 173.  Of the 173 sets of remains that have been positively identified, 73 have been returned to next of kin. Police say some families are waiting for more complete sets of remains or until families and friends who were traveling together are all positively identified before reclaiming their loved ones.

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Former accused to appear at inquest

Townsville Bulletin Samantha Healy 1 September 2014

A MAN twice tried and later acquitted of the suspected murder of a Bowen teenager, Rachel Antonio, is expected to give testimony at the coronial inquest investigating her disappearance this week.

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Esther Arunga and Quincy Timberlake’s son Sinclair dies in suspicious circumstances

Courier Mail Thomas Chamberlin 30 August 2014

A FORMER Kenyan presidential candidate and his wife have moved out of their home amid a police investigation into the tragic death of their toddler son.  Police were called to the townhouse complex in Kallangur, in Brisbane’s north, about 2.30am on June 18 after ambulance officers were unable to resuscitate the boy.    Sinclair is understood to have had significant injuries to his body.

Read more:  http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/esther-arunga-and-quincy-timberlakes-son-sinclair-dies-in-suspicious-circumstances/story-fnihsrf2-1227041855275?from=public_rss

Court hears slain woman could have been left for three days before discovered

Townsville Bulletin Victoria Nugent, Emma Channon 30 August 2014

A MAN accused of murdering his partner, whose body was discovered after a five-hour stand-off with police, waited up to three days before calling authorities, a court has heard.

Professor David Williams, who performed the autopsy on Ms Maslen Harwood, said it was likely she died days before her body was discovered by ­officers.  Prof Williams said he couldn’t be certain of the exact timing.

Read more:  http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/news/court-hears-slain-woman-could-have-been-left-for-three-days-before-discovered/story-fnjfzs4b-1227042063165?from=public_rss

First bodies of MH17 plane victims return to Australia

ABC News 1 September 2014

The first bodies of Australian victims from the MH17 Malaysia Airlines plane tragedy have arrived back in Australia.  Family members of Albert and Maree Rizk, from Sunbury north-west of Melbourne, accompanied their coffins on the trip back from Amsterdam on Friday.

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Queensland coroner calls for safety checks after road worker’s death

Brisbane Times 30 August 2014

A Queensland coroner has called for spot checks and safety audits at road work sites after a veteran council worker was hit by a car and killed.  Walter Robert Greenfield, 66, had worked for the Cairns Regional Council for 23 years and was the supervisor of a road crew at the time of his death in June 2011.

Specialist forensic pathologist conducted an autopsy and concluded Mr Greenfield died from multiple injuries, including a broken pelvis, right thigh bone, breastbone, ribs, neck, and abdominal spine. He tested negative for drugs including alcohol

Fatal traffic crash, Marsden

QPS News 30 August 2014

Police investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred yesterday evening at Marsden are appealing for witnesses.  One of the passengers , a 30-year-old pregnant woman, was transported to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital suffering serious injuries. Her unborn baby died as a result of the crash.

Read more:  http://mypolice.qld.gov.au/blog/2014/08/30/fatal-traffic-crash-marsden/