The Courier Mail December 06, 2013
DANIEL Morcombe, 13, went missing while waiting for a bus in 2003. It was almost eight years before his remains were found. Next year, a man will face trial charged with his murder.
In that time his name would become synonymous with the community’s efforts to protect children from harm. This is how his story unfolded.
The Courier Mail Peter Hall 1 December 2013
Police say they have made a series of breakthroughs since the grisly find along Cedar Pocket Rd near Gympie, 170km north of Brisbane, on September 19.
They are closing in on the killer after several witnesses provided a description of the woman involved in the dumping and the car she drove.
Extensive forensic tests also have unlocked significant clues to the victim’s identity.
The FBI is set to assist with hair and toxicology samples sent to the US for more detailed analysis.
BBC News Shabnam Mahmood 27 November 2013
Pathologists in the UK can now conduct full post-mortem examinations using a touch screen instead of a scalpel.
England and Wales chief coroner Peter Thornton QC is opening a £3m digital post-mortem examination facility in Sheffield’s Medico-Legal Centre.
It aims to reduce the stress and upset families feel when the remains of a relative have to be dissected.
It has been welcomed by Jewish and Muslim people, whose faiths stress non-violation of the body and quick burial.
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National Post [Canada] Tom Blackwell 30/10/13
The scene plays out in autopsy rooms around the world, not to mention on any number of TV crime dramas: a scalpel-wielding pathologist calmly dissects a lifeless body for clues to an untimely death.
The chest and abdominal cavities are pried open, organs removed and the brain eased out through a sawn-off skull in a medical tradition as ancient as the Pharaohs.
It is a tradition, though, facing very modern competition. Led partly by a prominent Canadian pathologist, some specialists are pushing to augment, or on occasion even replace, those conventional post mortems with “virtual autopsies” that use CT and MRI scans to probe bloodlessly inside cadavers.
Ontario recently became the first jurisdiction in Canada to begin using imaging machines designed to diagnose the living as a tool to uncover the medical secrets of the dead.
The Australian AAP October 30, 2013
A NEW criminal offence should be created in NSW after the shaking death of a four-week-old baby, a NSW coroner says.
Cooper Scifleet died on October 9, 2009, at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
On October 3, his father Garry Scifleet had taken him to the emergency room at Cootamundra Hospital, in southern NSW, after what he and his wife Rebecca say was an ordinary day.
The limp baby had no pulse and was not breathing, but was resuscitated and transferred to the Sydney hospital, where he died.
Deputy State Coroner Paul MacMahon today found the cause of Cooper’s death was a head injury that occurred when a person unknown “shook him forcefully” around October 3.
Telegraph & Argus 3 October 2013
Bradford will pioneer non-invasive post-mortem examinations carried out using groundbreaking 3D scanners.
The high-tech equipment was being unveiled by Bradford’s Forensic Science Centre today.
The team hopes the technique will reduce the stress and upset that families go through when the remains of a loved one are put through a traditional post-mortem examination.
The Courier Mail Rose Brennan & AAP September 20, 2013
A PERSON found dead next to a road in southeast Queensland was likely murdered, police say.
Rural firefighters found a body on the side of Cedar Pocket Road at Cedar Pocket, about 10km east of Gympie, after attending to a blaze in the area on Thursday night.
Det Insp Briese would not confirm reports the body was decapitated with just a torso found.
The body is believed to be male but is yet to be identified.
Yahoo News AAP 17 September 2013
Slain Gold Coast police officer Damian Leeding’s skull was riddled with shotgun pellet fragments from a fatal blast which caused an irreversible brain injury, a court has heard.
A post-mortem brain scan showed about 30 shotgun pellet fragments lodged in Detective Senior Constable Leeding’s skull, a forensic pathologist Dr Dianne Little, told the Supreme Court in Brisbane on Tuesday.
Brisbane Times Marissa Calligeros September 6, 2013
Police are investigating the discovery of what is believed to be a human skull on a central Queensland property.
The skull was found late Thursday on a property near the Bruce Highway, just north of Maryborough.