CBC News Ron Charles 8 February 2016
The scene plays out daily in courtrooms across the country. An expert witness in forensics is sworn in. Their often lengthy resume is entered into the record. A lawyer and maybe the judge ask a few questions about qualifications. Then, in almost all cases, that expert is good to go, considered qualified to testify about a wide range of forensic evidence — from autopsy results to blood splatter patterns.
A review of hair analysis done at the Motherisk Drug Testing Laboratory, whose hair strand testing was used to back up allegations of drug and alcohol abuse in thousands of child protection cases in several provinces and even some criminal cases. It found that neither the lab’s director, clinical toxicologist Gideon Koren, nor his staff had the qualifications or expertise to do that kind of forensic work, and those findings have now thrown 16,000 child protection cases and six criminal cases into doubt.
ABC News 5 February 2016
Two women convicted over a genital mutilation procedure on two girls have shown no remorse and only offered “qualified, ambiguous and self-serving” apologies, a NSW court has heard.
Brisbane Times 6 February 2016
A 52-year-old man was pinned under a vehicle in a road rage attack in a small Queensland community west of Bundaberg, on Friday night. Police said the man was hit, causing him to be trapped under the vehicle.
QPS News 8 February 2016
A man has been charged following an incident in Redcliffe on Saturday night.
It will be alleged that around 10.40pm two men were involved in a physical altercation in front of a unit block on Marine Parade.
During the altercation, it will further be alleged that one of the men, aged 17-years, punched the other man, aged 51-years, in the head causing him to fall to the ground.
He was transported to Redcliffe Hospital with serious head injuries.
The 17-year-old man from Kippa Ring has been charged with one count of grievous bodily harm and is scheduled to appear in the Redcliffe Magistrates Court today.
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QPS News 5 February 2016
Police have charged a Maryborough woman after an incident in a takeaway restaurant in which another woman was assaulted.
It will be alleged that the woman attended at the business and threatened a 20-year-old woman before attempting to stab the woman with a knife. A witness stopped the assault and then woman left the business.
A 40-year-old Maryborough woman was located a short time later by police.
She has been charged with one count each of attempted murder and enter premises with intent to commit indictable offence and is due to appear in the Maryborough Magistrates Court tomorrow, Saturday February 6.
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ABC News Jo Skinner 5 February 2016
A man will be sentenced next month for bashing another player on a Sunshine Coast golf course after an argument over a lost ball.
A leisurely game at the Cooroy Golf Club turned sour on October 12, 2014, when a 76-year-old man was punched in the head by another player.
David Moriarty, 47, has been found guilty of serious assaulting Brian Lynch, 76, at the club.