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)

Nepal earthquake: Death toll passes 6,200; smell of bodies preventing survivors from returning home

ABC News 1 May 2015

The death toll from Nepal’s devastating earthquake has risen past 6,200 as fresh aftershocks and the smell of rotting bodies make it hard for nervous survivors to return to their homes.

Disposal of the hundreds of bodies still being found six days after the magnitude-7.8 quake devastated the Himalayan nation of 28 million people was becoming a problem for officials, who have ordered immediate cremations.

“Morgues are full beyond capacity and we have been given instruction to incinerate bodies immediately after they are pulled out,” said Raman Lal, an Indian paramilitary force official working in coordination with Nepali forces.

Man charged over fatal crash at Mount Isa

Brisbane Times 3 May 2015

An 18-year-old Samford Valley man who was the driver of one of the vehicles returned a positive blood alcohol content (BAC) and was arrested. He was charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death while adversely affected by an intoxicating substance.

Britza murderer loses appeal in Qld AAP May 01, 2015

A WOMAN who was sentenced to life imprisonment for her part in the murder of Gold Coast man Darren Britza has lost an appeal.
JADE Maree Clarke argued that her conviction for 31-year-old Britza’s 2001 murder was unreasonable, due to new evidence and the unreliability of key witnesses.
On Friday, the Court of Appeal found no grounds for a miscarriage of justice and ruled that the guilty verdict had been open to the jury.

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MH17: Search for remains of Malaysian Airlines plane and passengers over, Dutch team says

ABC News 1 May 2015

Dutch and international investigators have finished recovering human remains and wreckage from the MH17 plane crash site in eastern Ukraine, the mission’s head has announced.
All 298 passengers and crew on board the Malaysia Airlines jetliner – the majority of them Dutch – died when it was shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine last year.

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Tony McGrath death: Former brothel madam, homeless man to stand trial for alleged murder of Brisbane rugby league official

ABC News Francene Norton 29 April 2015

A former brothel madam and a homeless man have been committed to stand trial for the alleged murder of Brisbane rugby league official Tony McGrath.
Mr McGrath, 57, was shot dead at his home in Maynard Street in Woolloongabba in May 2013.
He was the new president of the Brisbane Rugby League Referees Association and was returning home from a training night when he was killed.
A friend found his body two days later, underneath his house.
Susan Ellen Stewart and Tyson John Taylor were both charged with murder, and attempted murder involving a house fire in 2012.

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Slain woman Joan Ryther’s husband fights back tears

Brisbane Times AAP Miranda Forster April 29, 2015

Moments after Queensland woman Joan Ryther’s accused killer was committed to stand trial, her husband Cory fought back tears.
His life has been on hold since his pregnant 27-year-old wife was attacked and killed while walking to work almost two years ago.
Andrew Michael Burke, 19, was committed to stand trial charged with her brutal assault, rape and murder on Wednesday.
“I think she’d be happy that it (the case) is moving forward now,” Mr Ryther said of his wife.
“I think she’d be glad that she’s going to get justice, but it’s still early days yet.”
Earlier the grieving husband, who still wears his wedding ring, had forced himself to listen as the Beenleigh Magistrates Court heard details of the horrific injuries Ms Ryther suffered on the night of May 21, 2013.
Autopsy pathologist Alex Olumbe confirmed she choked to death as a result of multiple blunt force injuries to her head and neck consistent with blows from a fist or shoe.
Dr Olumbe’s report also indicated Ms Ryther suffered severe trauma after being raped with a inanimate blunt object.

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Earlier article

ABC news report April 30 news report:

Qld murder committal to hear DNA evidence | April 29, 2015

A DNA analyst is among three medical experts expected to appear at a committal hearing for the man charged with murdering Queensland woman Joan Ryther.

A forensic pathologist and a forensic medical officer are also due to undergo cross-examination at the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Wednesday.  Continue reading…