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)

Gold Coast man conspired with sex worker to rob businessman, court hears

Brisbane Times Kim Stephens May 29, 2015

A Gold Coast man accused of accidentally killing a wealthy West Australian businessman following the victim’s kinky, drug-fuelled romp with a sex worker has been refused bail for a second time.
Benjamin Ghobrial, 25, is alleged to have killed Gregory John Hudson, 57, in a robbery attempt gone awry last October.
He stands accused of conspiring with the sex worker to rob the businessman of cash and cocaine, only to accidentally kill him with multiple punches to the head.
Mr Hudson’s body was found naked, bound with a computer cord and with a bloodied gag near his head at a friend’s Varsity Lakes unit on October 23, 2014.
He also had a stiletto puncture wound in his buttocks and potentially lethal levels of cocaine in his bloodstream.
On the morning of his death, Mr Hudson is alleged to have engaged the services of a sex worker he had met at a brothel soon after his arrival in Queensland.

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Iraq exhumes 470 bodies from Tikrit mass graves, minister says

ABC Radio Australia 28 May 2015

Iraq exhumes the remains of 470 people believed to have been executed by jihadists in north-western Iraq last year in what is known as the Speicher massacre.
Iraq has exhumed the remains of 470 people believed to have been executed by jihadists near the Iraqi city of Tikrit last year in what is known as the Speicher massacre, the health minister says.
“We have exhumed the bodies of 470 Speicher martyrs from burial sites in Tikrit,” Adila Hammoud said at a press conference in Baghdad.

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DNA tests, technology and justice: A brave and uncertain new world Mary Cirincione 26 May 2015

The power of DNA evidence to put someone behind bars or keep an individual free is a staple of television shows like “Law & Order” and “CSI.” But not all DNA evidence is so straightforward.

As justice races to keep pace with technology, new questions about how evidence is obtained are coming into play.

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Leanne Hollands murder suspect Graham Stafford in bid to clear name

Courier Mail Thomas Chamberlin 23 May 2015

GRAHAM Stafford says he is prepared to go to trial again over the murder of schoolgirl Leanne Holland to clear his name, after unsuccessfully trying for 18 months to access a police review that found he was the only suspect.

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Family heartbroken Glen Duggan found not guilty of murdering Renee Todd

Courier Mail Brooke Baskin 22 May 2015

Glen Brian Duggan, 39, was jailed in the Supreme Court at Brisbane on Friday for nine years after a jury found him not guilty of Ms Todd’s murder and guilty instead of the lesser charge of manslaughter following a four-day trial.

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Daniel Morcombe’s killer Brett Peter Cowan loses appeal against his conviction for murder

ABC News 21 May 2015

The man jailed for killing Queensland schoolboy Daniel Morcombe has had his appeal against his conviction dismissed.
Brett Peter Cowan was in 2014 sentenced to life in prison with a non-parole period of 20 years for killing 13-year-old Daniel in 2003.
Cowan abducted Daniel while he waited for a bus on the Sunshine Coast.

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Cops add 3D laser to CSI toolbox

Gold Coast Bulletin Mackenzie Rain 18 May 2015

TWENTY minutes is all that it takes now to complete a forensic scan of a crime scene and it’s all thanks to CSIRO technology.  The Zebedee laser, a lightweight handheld 3D laser, is being used by Gold Coast forensic officers to map crime scenes.

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