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.

Motherisk scandal highlights risk of deferring to experts without questioning credentials

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.

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Women convicted over ‘repugnant’ genital mutilation of two girls ‘showed no remorse’

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.

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Car rammed and man injured in road rage fight near Bundaberg

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.

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Grievous bodily harm, Redcliffe

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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Attempted murder charges, Maryborough

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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Three teens charged over wild Gold Coast party

Brisbane Times Kim Stephens February 5, 2016

Three teenagers have been charged over an out-of-control Gold Coast party at the weekend where a policewoman called to shut it down was hit in the head with a bottle.
Two girls, aged 14 and 16, and a boy aged 15 have been charged and will be dealt under the Youth Justices Act.
The girls have each been charged with organising an out-of-control event, while the boy, who allegedly hit the female sergeant in the back of the head with a glass bottle, has been charged with two counts of common assault and serious assault of a police officer.

Golfer found guilty of bashing 76yo player in golf etiquette dispute at Cooroy course

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.

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