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)

Coroner delivers Rachel Antonio inquest findings

Brisbane Times 28 July 2016

A north Queensland teenager who vanished nearly 20 years ago died after a violent altercation with an older man she was in a secret sexual relationship with, a coroner has found.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/coroner-delivers-rachel-antonio-inquest-findings-20160728-gqg611.html

Related news: Rachel Antonio death inquest may be appealed by Robert Hytch 29 July 2016

An appeal could be launched against a coroner’s finding that north Queensland teenager Rachel Antonio died after a violent altercation with her secret, older lover.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/rachel-antonio-death-inquest-my-be-appealed-by-robert-hytch-20160728-gqg8wu.html

Lynch murder: Toowoomba man appealing conviction

Queensland Times 29 July 2016

A TOOWOOMBA man is appealing his conviction for murdering Gail Lynch as her family remains hopeful her body will one day be recovered.

Ian Phillip Hannaford’s lawyers argued in the Queensland Court of Appeal on Thursday that the trial judge erred in his closing address when instructing how the jury could treat a lie and about DNA evidence found on an axe.

Ms Lynch, 55, has not been seen or heard from since leaving her Guy St, Warwick, unit on July 3, 2012.

Despite no finding of her body, a Toowoomba Supreme Court jury last October found Hannaford guilty of Ms Lynch’s murder.

http://www.qt.com.au/news/lynch-murder-toowoomba-man-appealing-conviction/3069214/

First 24-hour sexual assault response unit set up in Queensland

ABC News 29 July 2016

A 24-hour sexual assault response unit has begun operating in Townsville in north Queensland — the first of its kind in the state.

The response unit includes eight social workers and seven police officers who will immediately respond to any complaints of sexual assault made by women.

Each police officer is specially trained in trauma interviewing and dealing with sexual crimes.

Cathy Crawford from the Sexual Assault Support Service said it was a significant improvement in how sexual crimes were handled by authorities.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-29/first-24-hour-sexual-assault-response-unit-set-up-in-qld/7670842

Rachel Antonio: Altercation involving missing teen prior to her disappearance, coroner finds

ABC News 28 July 2016

There was a physical altercation between Bowen teenager Rachel Antonio and a person of interest in her disappearance, a Queensland coroner has found.  After the two-year inquest hearing from 60 witnesses, Mr O’Connell said he was unable to say what the teenager’s precise cause of death was or where her body was.

Read more:  http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-28/rachel-antonio-inquest-findings-handed-down/7668028

Min Tae Kim killing: Sanghyun Hwang found guilty of murder in Brisbane

ABC News 28 July 2016

Sanghyun Hwang has been found guilty of murdering fellow Korean Min Tae Kim in December 2013 in Brisbane.

The Supreme Court jury retired earlier today to consider its verdict and found 31-year-old Hwang had killed 28-year-old Mr Kim during a botched money exchange at a property in Algester, an outer suburb of Brisbane.

Read more:  http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-28/sanghyun-hwang-found-guilty-murder-min-tae-kim-brisbane/7668476

Ryther neighbours ‘heard woman scream’ night of alleged murder

Brisbane Times AAP  27 July 2016

A neighbour heard a “huge scream” the night a pregnant McDonald’s worker was fatally attacked as she walked to a shift, a Queensland court has heard.

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Tony McGrath murder: Charges dropped against former brothel madam

ABC News 28 July 2016

Murder charges against a former brothel madam over the execution-style shooting of a Brisbane rugby league referee have been dropped.  She will no longer face trial over the death of Tony McGrath on the pre-existing charges of murder and attempted murder.

Read more:  http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-28/brothel-madam-murder-charge-dropped-over-tony-mcgrath-murder/7667284