Category Archives: Physical evidence

Criminal evidence (inc. adhesive tape, rope, soil, trace evidence, fibres, textiles, dyes, poisons, fertilisers) in relation to homicide, suicide, sexual assault, break & enter, hit & run etc.
Includes explosives, IEDs (Improvised explosive devices) oil spills and comparisons, physical evidence examination

Slain couple ‘angry’ over panel van restoration, accused killer tells Cairns court

ABC News August 27, 2014

The man accused of murdering a Mount Isa couple has told a court they were angry at him for not restoring their panel van quickly enough.  Continue reading…

Police launch ethical standards probe after ‘bomb house’ media leak

Brisbane Times August 27, 2014

Queensland Police have launched an ethical standards probe into how a television station obtained sensitive details about a large explosives haul discovered in a Pullenvale home.

‘A miscarriage of justice on the scale of Lindy Chamberlain’

Daily Mail Australia Sally Lee 25 August 2014

Susan Neill-Fraser is behind bars for a crime she and her family adamantly claim she didn’t commit.  But now legal experts have thrown their support behind the innocence plea, saying that her murder conviction of killing partner Bob Chappell on Australia Day in 2009 is ‘a serious miscarriage of justice’. They even went as far as saying the case is the ‘worst injustices in Australian history’.

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Cairns jury sees montage of surveillance videos

Cairns Post Caitlin Drysdale 26 August 2014

A WEAPONS expert has told a Cairns court of finding a spent cartridge in a van covered in blood belonging to Mt Isa couple Cindy Masonwells and Scott Maitland.

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Norman Park house a crime scene after woman’s death

Brisbane Times Kristian Silva 26 August 2014

Police are investigating the suspicious death of a woman aged in her 30s at Norman Park, in Brisbane’s inner east.  Officers were called to the house on Milsom Street at 3.30am on Tuesday.  The house has been declared a crime scene.

Read more:  http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/police-investigate-womans-suspicious-death-at-norman-park-20140826-108d3b.html

Woman beaten to death at house  :  http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/woman-beaten-to-death-in-house-at-norman-park/story-fnihsrf2-1227036744410?from=public_rss

Source of fatal Logan house blaze remains unknown: inquest

ABC News Leonie Mellow, Emma Pollard 26 August 2014

The coronial inquest probing Australia’s worst house fire has been told the investigation had not been able to eliminate electricity as the cause of the blaze that killed 11 people.  On the fifth day of hearings, electrical safety adviser Carl Porritt testified that the investigation had not been able to eliminate electricity as igniting the blaze.

Fire investigator Gordon Hemphrey told the inquest he set up series of tests in shipping containers to determine whether a lamp was an ignition source.

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High Court puts DNA and experts in their place

Brisbane Times Charles Waterstreet 24 August 2014

In Fitzgerald v Regina, the High Court overturned the South Australia Court of Criminal Appeals decision, on a very important legal, logical and jurisprudential approach to the significance of DNA evidence and its real place in the courtroom.

The High Court reminded lawyers and prosecutors of Australia not to be overwhelmed by the science of DNA. All too often, juries, judges and prosecutors have used DNA and scientific evidence to seduce juries, bewitched by CSI shows, and the false certainty it seemingly brings.

The High Court blew out the bull dust and saw dust that prosecutors have been introducing into the witness box, by clothing their witnesses in white coats, like experts plucked from the science lab, to bring the veneer of authority, of scientific qualifications and of a false certainty and gleam that the real facts do not possess.

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