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)

Sister fights for killer to be brought to justice

The Toowoomba Chronicle Adam Davies

IN part two of The Chronicle’s Unsolved Crime series, we speak to the sister of murder victim Theresa Binge about her 12-year fight to have the mother-of-three’s killer brought to justice.
“I BET if my sister was a white girl murdered in Brisbane then her killer would have already been found and brought to justice.”
Those are the sentiments of Elizabeth “Lily” Bartholomew, who for the past 12 years has been fighting to see her sister’s killer brought to justice.
But she is not holding her breath.
Aboriginal mother-of-three Theresa Beatrice Binge, 43, was last seen alive drinking with a man around midday at the Royal Hotel in Goondiwindi on July 18, 2003.

Read more: http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/sister-fights-killer-be-brought-justice/2749396/

Suicide doctor Karen Mahlo’s family call for judicial probe into new evidence

The Sydney Morning Herald Rory Callinan August 27, 2015

The family of a NSW doctor who died in a highly uncommon stabbing suicide have formally requested the Queensland Justice Department explain inconsistencies relating to an official investigation into her death and to consider new evidence.
A Fairfax Media investigation uncovered the inconsistencies and evidence in relation to the death of Dr Karen Mahlo​,​​ who was found dead with a kitchen knife in her chest in a bedroom at her Sunshine Coast home early on May 28, 2008.
Detectives took less than seven hours to​ ​conclude her death ​was ​a suicide despite the incidence of a woman doctor forcibly stabbing herself to death in the chest through her clothing being extraordinarily rare.
Two unsigned suicide notes were found printed out and left on her printer in her office and two knives and a box-cutter were found beside her bed.
No fingerprints were found on any of the knives or the notes.
Last year an inquest into her death led to a coroner finding that Dr Mahlo,​ 52, had suicided by stabbing herself in the chest and noting that she had previously tried to suicide the month before by taking an overdose of tablets.
The coroner made no reference to the effectiveness of the police investigation into her death.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/suicide-doctor-karen-mahlos-family-call-for-judicial-probe-into-new-evidence-20150821-gj4neq.html

 

Nurses murders a dark chapter in Toowoomba’s history

Toowoomba Chronicle Adam Davies

IN part four of The Chronicle’s Unsolved Crime series, we revisit the murder of Sydney nurses Lorraine Wilson and Wendy Evans and the high-profile inquest that was held in 2013.
THE murder of Sydney nurses Lorraine Ruth Wilson and Wendy Joy Evans in 1974 will forever be remembered as a dark chapter in Toowoomba’s history.
Almost 40 years after the women’s bodies were found in bushland near Murphys Creek, a coroner found a  gang of men connected through blood, marriage, booze, violence and a sordid appetite for sex were likely to be central to their deaths.
But no one was ever charged in relation to the shocking crime.
A high-profile inquest held in 2013 named seven persons of interest authorities believed were responsible or involved in the double homicide.

Read more: http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/murphys-creek-nurses-murders-dark-chapter-our-hist/2755533/#/0

Update 5 – Murder charge, Gatton

Qld Police Media 27 August 2015

Police have charged an 18-year-old Lockyer Waters man with murder following their investigations into the disappearance of 16-year-old Jayde Kendall from Gatton.
Earlier today the body of a girl, believed to be that of a teenager was located in Upper Tent Hill.
The 18-year-old man was charged with one count each of murder and misconduct with a corpse by interfering.
He is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Read at source

Brisbane Times news report 28 August 2015: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/jayde-kendall-missing-gatton-teens-body-found-friend-charged-with-murder-20150827-gj9j23.html

News.com.au report: http://www.news.com.au/national/school-friend-accused-of-murder-of-jayde-kendall/story-fncynjr2-1227502093260?from=public_rss

Centre finalises DNA Profiling Bill (India)

DNA India 23 August 2015

In April this year, the Supreme Court had asked the Narendra Modi government to create a DNA data bank while hearing a PIL for creation of such the data bank to identify the missing persons and unidentified dead bodies. Under the drafted bill, a DNA profiling board will be set up which will deal with the use of profiles for specific purposes.The board, to be headed by a data bank manager, would serve as an authority to define standards for DNA profiling and to implement quality control measures, including the accreditation of DNA profiling laboratories. The board will comprise of experts in molecular biology, human genetics, population biology, bioethics, social sciences, law and criminal justice.

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-centre-finalises-dna-profiling-bill-2117300

Detectives search through hundreds of names from government databases in bid to identify South Australian suitcase murder victim

Ninenews Tim Rose August 20, 2015

South Australian police have eliminated more than 80 children in their investigation into the discovery of a young girl’s remains in a suitcase by a remote highway.
But they still have the names of 256 children, recovered from state and federal government databases, to work through in their hopes of identifying the little girl.

Read more: http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/08/20/10/41/sa-police-to-update-media-on-wynarka-suitcase-murder-case

Item belonging to missing teenager Jayde Kendall found in Ipswich

Brisbane Times Kristian Silva and Kim Stephens August 19, 2015

Police divers have scoured a dam on an Ipswich farm on Wednesday afternoon, as the search for missing Gatton teenager Jayde Kendall enters its fifth day.
The homicide squad has been called in to assist in the hunt for the 16-year-old, who vanished after leaving Lockyer District High School about 3.20pm on Friday.
She has not been seen since.

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/item-belonging-to-missing-teenager-jayde-kendall-found-in-ipswich-20150819-gj2nz9.html

ABC News report: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-19/jayde-kendall-new-lead-in-search-for-missing-qld-teenager/6709376