Category Archives: Clinical forensic medicine

Queensland cases of serious ADULT sexual assault, violent assault, forensic medicine, forensic evidence, medical evidence – particularly in cases where the victime is still alive.
Includes issues relating to rape kits, SAK (sexual assault kits), genital injuries during assault.
Includes deaths in custody, drugs in custodial context particularly watchhouse environments.
Includes transmission of Hepatitis/HIV/AIDS via skin injuries, spitting etc.
Includes toxicology analysis in suspicious death and driving matters.
Includes examination and treatment of police detainees.
Includes examination and investigation of health care related deaths.

Gold Coast home invasion at Austinville triggers hunt for six men

ABC News Charmaine Kane 27 March 2015

Police are searching for six men who forced their way into a home on the Gold Coast hinterland overnight.
Police were called to a house in Austinville Road at Austinville shortly before 10:00pm (AEST).
The officers were told six intruders assaulted the two residents.

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Burglary with violence, Mount Tully

Qld Police Media Mar 27, 2015

Police are investigating a burglary with violence that occurred early yesterday morning in Mount Tully.
Sometime between 4 -6am on March 26 three men entered a Marinis Road property. The male and female residents were asleep at the time and it is alleged that one of the offenders physically assaulted the male resident while making threats and demands.
The offenders removed some property from the residence and fled on foot.
The male resident received treatment for his injuries in hospital.

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Parents fight to hold hospital accountable for son’s death

The Queensland Times Brian Bennion

THE grieving parents of a disabled man who died in Ipswich Hospital after being given high doses of narcotics have slammed the hospital for lack of care and poor treatment.
Bundamba man Julian Klass was taken to hospital with severe stomach pains on September 12, 2011, and died 10 days later from aspiration pneumonia caused by high doses of morphine and anti-psychotic drug olanzapine.
Three nurses and two doctors involved in Julian’s care have been referred to their registration boards for further action following an investigation by the Health Quality and Complaints Commission.
Ipswich Hospital delayed reporting the death to the Coroner for five months as an internal investigation after the death found there was a concern that the combination of morphine and olanzapine may have caused such a level of sedation that it caused aspiration, fluid and food in the lungs from the patient being unable to swallow, which led to his death.
The hospital recently offered the family $11,470 settlement to pay for Julian’s funeral, on condition they signed a confidentiality clause and agreed not to take legal action.
The family decided not to accept the money when asked to sign the disclaimer.

In a review of the death by the Clinical Forensic Medicine Unit, Dr Adam Griffin reported to the Coroner he did not agree with the administration of olanzapine and said it appeared to be used as a sedative.
“This would have decreased Julian’s level of consciousness and made an aspiration event more probable,” Dr Griffin said in the Coroner’s report.
Julian’s parents Lester and Marie Klass said there was inadequate monitoring, even after Julian was “comatosed” from the drugs. Mrs Klass said they stayed by Julian’s bedside throughout his ordeal because hospital staff were not giving him the care he needed.

She said a doctor’s recommendation to put Julian on antiobiotics by drip at 7am was not acted on until 5pm that day.
In his investigation Coroner John Hutton criticised Ipswich Hospital for issues in the “medication and overall systemic issues” present at the time of Julian’s death.
The family met with Ipswich Hospital management on a few occasions and allege the hospital admitted to medical negligence. Mrs Klass said the hospital had to be held accountable.
“Julian was our life. No amount of money is going to bring our son back,” she said.
“It’s the ones that don’t have a voice, the infants, the disabled, they seem to get away with it. Disabled people just fall through the cracks.

“We have to make a stand and be his voice because Julian didn’t have a voice. This should never have happened. He should have been monitored more closely when he was sedated with olanzapine.
“It’s as though they don’t think of them (people with a disability) as a normal person. It’s terrible as a mother to sit up there in hospital with your child and they are not given proper care.”
West Moreton Hospital and Health Service CEO Lesley Dwyer said a “Health Passport” for disabled patients, their families and carers was being implemented by West Moreton in response to investigations into the death.
“The Health Passport will help to identify any special needs the individual patient may have, especially if they are not able to communicate verbally,” she said.
“Mr Klass’s family has kindly helped us design this passport and many of their suggestions have been incorporated into the current version, which will now be subject to wider consultation.”

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Charges against former Black Uhlans bikie dropped in Gold Coast court

Gold Coast Bulletin Meagan Weymes March 26, 2015

FIVE charges have been dropped against a former Black Uhlans bikie in relation to a “terrifying” home invasion in Reedy Creek.
Liborio Di Vita, 37, was charged with common assault, entering premises, forcible entry and two counts of threatening violence in relation to the incident in January 2013.

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Three torture charges against Gold Coast man dropped

Gold Coast Bulletin Meagan Weymes March 26, 2015

THREE serious charges have been dropped against a man accused of torturing a teenager in a sickening attack in a Southport backyard.
Christopher Goulding, 22, and three others allegedly tortured the teen for eight hours in February last year, tying him to a bed frame, forcing him to drink urine and ripping out a tooth with pliers.

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Sophie Collombet death: Inner-city crime barely drops

Brisbane Times Kristian Silva March 26, 2015

A year on from the death of a French student in a South Brisbane park, police data shows violence in the area has barely dropped.
Sophie Collombet was the fourth international student to die in suspicious circumstances in Brisbane during a horror stretch between November 2013 and March 28, 2014.
Queensland Police Service statistics show there were 707 robberies and assaults in the 4000 and 4101 postcodes in the 12 months to March 26 this year.

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Robbery, Goondiwindi

Qld Police Media Mar 26, 2015

A man has been charged after an alleged robbery and two assaults at Goondiwindi this morning.
It will be alleged at about 10.20am a man approached a delivery truck driver on Callandoon Lane and assaulted him demanding money and taking property from the truck.
On the same road a short time later it will be alleged a man approached a second man, assaulting him before walking off.
The first man, a 26-year-old received medical treatment.  The second man, a 43-year-old was treated at Goondiwindi hospital.
A 30-year-old Goondiwindi man has been charged with robbery with violence and two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm.  He is due to appear tomorrow in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court.

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