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.
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CCTV holds key to suspicious Cairns death

Brisbane Times AAP February 26, 2015

Detectives probing the suspicious death of a man in central Cairns are trawling through CCTV footage as they try to piece together his movements.
The unnamed New Zealander was found on a footpath on Spence Street about 3.30am on Thursday.
Just over an hour earlier he had become separated from his girlfriend near a hotel about 900m from where he was found dead.

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Man’s body found on Cairns footpath

News.com.au February 26, 2015

A MAN has been found dead on a footpath in Cairns overnight in what police are saying are suspicious circumstances.
The 27-year-old man was found by police after 3am Thursday at the intersection of Spence and Taylor streets in Parramatta Park.
A crime scene has been set up around the area and as a result the inbound lanes of Spence Street have been blocked off between the intersection of Draper and Taylor streets.
Police are appealing for anyone who may have been in the area and noticed anything suspicious to contact them on 1800 333 000 or through their website.

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Police Media Report

Scientists show DNA evidence can be faked!

Free Malaysia Today Suresh Kashuerin 23 February 2015

Scientists in Israel have demonstrated that it is possible to fabricate DNA evidence, undermining the credibility of what has been considered the gold standard of proof in criminal cases.

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We need to rethink the relationship between forensic science and the law

The Conversation Sue Black, Niamh Mic Daeid 20 February 2015

Despite what we see on television, forensic science is not always easy to understand or simple to convey to a jury, many of whom may not have studied science since they were in school. When a case fails in the courtroom, maybe because the scientist was inexperienced, or there were flaws in the science presented, it creates the potential for a miscarriage of justice – something to be avoided at all costs.

This was illustrated recently in a violent crime case in the US when a court refused to grant admissibility to a particular type of DNA evidence because its interpretation had not yet been agreed within the scientific community and it was too complex for the jury to understand.

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How the common blowfly can help investigators fight crime

Brisbane Times Georgina Connery 21 February 2015

Forensic biologist Annalisa Durdle’s ground-breaking research uncovered that as flies feed on human biological matter their faeces and regurgitate can be an invaluable resource to recover DNA evidence.

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Gold Coast murder victim not a ‘nice person’, but did not deserve death: Court

Brisbane Times AAP February 19, 2015

A Gold Coast man allegedly beaten to death in a savage attack “wasn’t a very nice person” but that didn’t justify his death, a court has heard.
The prosecution closed its case in the murder trial of Dean Mark Wills in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Thursday.
Wills, 40, has pleaded not guilty to murdering 31-year-old Darren Britza, whose remains were found under a bridge at Boyland in 2008.
The crown says Wills and his friend Shane Hansen beat Mr Britza to death, and possibly stabbed him, in a bloody attack at a Southport panel beating shed in March 2001.

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Hair dye ‘CSI’ could help police solve crimes

EurekAlert 18-Feb-2015

Criminals with a penchant for dyeing their hair could soon pay for their vanity. Scientists have found a way to analyze hair samples at crime scenes to rapidly determine whether it was colored and what brand of dye was used. Their report appears in the ACS journal Analytical Chemistry.

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