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.

Uber driver says he lost control and didn’t mow down taxi driver rival

Gold Coast Bulletin May 26, 2016

A GOLD Coast Uber driver who allegedly mowed down another taxi driver and drove off in Surfers Paradise earlier this month said he “lost control” and didn’t mean to hit the man.
Sukhwinder Gill, 33, appeared in the Southport Magistrates Court this morning for the second time this month charged with grievous bodily harm and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle after an alleged hit-and-run that sparked a 12-hour police search.

Read more: http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/crime-court/uber-driver-says-he-lost-control-and-didnt-mow-down-taxi-driver-rival/news-story/9d8281b22a34ff0508b680fb5846f3c0

Royal commission: Jury behaviour study raises possibilities of major reform

The Sydney Morning Herald Rachel Browne May 25, 2016

The world’s largest study into jury behaviour has raised the possibility of major reform in the way sexual abuse cases are presented before the courts.
The Australian research challenges the long-held assumption that juries hold unfair prejudice towards defendants in sexual abuse cases that may influence their decision-making.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/royal-commission-jury-behaviour-study-raises-possibilities-of-major-reform-20160525-gp365q.html

Link to Media Release and Report: http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-centre/speeches/jury-reasoning-in-joint-and-separate-trials

Assault investigation, North Rockhampton

Qld Police Media 25 May 2016

Police are investigating after a man was taken to hospital yesterday afternoon as a result of an assault in North Rockhampton.

Read more: http://mypolice.qld.gov.au/blog/2016/05/25/assault-investigation-north-rockhampton/

Police investigate suspicious fire on Nerang business overnight

Gold Coast Bulletin May 26, 2016

HUNDREDS of thousands of dollars damage has been done inside Bike Sales Qld in the industrial area of Nerang after it was found engulfed in flames overnight.
Firefighters spent all night extinguishing the blaze and are still on scene this morning clearing the property.
Police are investigating the cause of the suspicious fire in a Lawrence Dr building about 11.15pm last night.

Read more: http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/crime-court/police-investigate-suspicious-fire-on-nerang-business-overnight/news-story/fd3b74cfde58ec21adb8cb0af2708dec

Brisbane Times article: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/nerang-motorbike-shop-fire-owner-held-at-gunpoint-cops-say-20160526-gp4e5g.html

Queensland age of consent laws to change

The Courier Mail May 25, 2016

THE State Government has today announced it will begin the legislative process to standardise the age of consent for lawful sexual activity across Queensland.
The changes to the legislation will seek to address the disparity between the age of consent for vaginal sex, which is 16-years-old, and sodomy, that is currently 18 years of age, under the Criminal Code.
Health Minister, Cameron Dick said he has received feedback from an expert panel considering the importance of standardising age of consent laws in Queensland.
“By making this change, we are addressing the disparity between the age of consent for penetrative sex, which has resulted in adverse consequences for young people in this state,” he said.

Read more: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/queensland-government/queensland-age-of-consent-laws-to-change/news-story/f9414079addeca8f74505dd3bb319ccc

Backpacker kidnapped, sexually assaulted and fed drug-laced chocolates after answering fake job ad

ABC News Courtney Wilson 25 May 2016

A German backpacker was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and fed drug-laced chocolates by a man who lured her to a property in Queensland with a fake job ad, a court has heard.
Peter Van de Wetering has been jailed for nine years after pleading guilty to nine charges over the attack in August 2013.

Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-25/german-backpacker-kidnapped,-sexually-assaulted/7445714

Queensland serial child sex offender released

Brisbane Times 24 May 2016

A Queensland pedophile with an “entrenched history of sexual offending” against young girls has been released from prison.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/queensland-serial-child-sex-offender-released-20160524-gp2h6k.html