Category Archives: Forensic DNA

Crime scene evidence, victims of crime, suspects allegedly involved in crimes and other persons of interest, analysis of blood, semen and saliva for DNA traces, major crime, volume crime (eg property crimes), evidence given at courts and in trials (expert evidence), CrimTrac, Disaster victim identification, missing persons, decomposed remains, new developments in methodology or equipment.
Focus on Queensland issues unless broader implications within the science (i.e. evidence challenged, legislation challenged, improvements in procedures etc)

Murder accused said ‘I think I did kill him’

Brisbane Times AAP  25 November 2015

A witness to the fatal attack of a New Zealand national in Cairns says she heard the murder accused saying, “I think I actually did kill him”.

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McCulkin murder accused ‘bragged’ of 33 kills

Brisbane Times AAP 25 November 2015

O’Dempsey’s one-time girlfriend Kerri-Anne Scully on Wednesday told the hearing her former beau – who also had a short-lived relationship with her mother years before – confessed to the killings as they perused a book he was mentioned in.

The hearing also heard from former gangster Peter Hall, who said Dubois had told him he was “forced to participate” in the McCulkin murders but maintained he didn’t personally kill any of the women.

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Update: Murder charge, Ashmore

QPS News 25 November 2015

Police investigating the disappearance of a 37-year-old Greg Dufty, last seen in Ashmore on July 6, have today charged a third man.

A 25-year-old Arundel man has been charged with one count of murder and is scheduled to appear before the Southport Magistrates Court tomorrow morning, November 26.  Officers continue to appeal for witnesses to the incident, particularly in relation to Mr Dufty’s body which is yet to be located.

Investigations are continuing.

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Sister of McCulkin family murder accused says brother was not involved

ABC News Stephanie Small 23 November 2015

The brother of a man accused of killing the McCulkin family 40 years ago has told a Brisbane court the man’s co-accused did it to cover his tracks.  Gary Dubois’ brother Paul Dubois claims Vincent O’Dempsey committed the crime

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Update 2: Murder charge, Aurukun

QPS News 23 November 2015

A 43-year-old Aurukun man has been charged with one count of murder following investigations into the death of a 30-year-old man in Aurukun on Saturday night.

The man is due to appear in the Aurukun Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Investigations into the death and other incidents that occurred over the weekend are continuing.

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Update: disturbances and suspicious death, Aurukun

Murder accused remanded in custody

Townsville Bulletin Samantha Healy 20 November 2015

A MAN accused of stabbing to death a mate in Charters Towers will remain in custody, with the murder case to be mentioned again in the New Year.

Patrick Michael Liddey, 26, of Berserker, a suburb of Rockhampton, was arrested and charged with the murder of a 32-year-old Charters Towers man Allan Raymond Ward yesterday afternoon.

Just hours earlier, police were called to a unit complex on Towers St about 3.45am and located the man’s body.  The charge against Liddy was briefly mentioned in the Townsville Magistrates Court this morning.  The case was adjourned until January 27.

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Your Call: What happens when DNA testing is used unwisely?

19 November 2015

In her new book, Inside the Cell: The Dark Side of Forensic DNA, NYU Professor Erin Murphy questions the widely held belief that forensic DNA is an infallible science. It has been a savior for the over 300 men and women who’ve been exonerated, but she argues, it also has flaws. The same broken criminal justice system that created mass incarceration now has a new and powerful weapon in its arsenal. What happens when DNA testing is used unwisely? Is there a better way? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar and you.