Category Archives: Forensic pathology

Coronial autopsies, Disaster victim identification, Mortuary practice, forensic histology, forensic odontology, forensic skeletal examination, forensic anthropology, ethics, Legislation (i.e. Coroners Act), evidence provided at courts/in trials (expert evidence) by pathologists, Deaths in custody.
Focus on Queensland content unless wide reaching consequences (i.e. Evidence challenged in court, changes in equipment/methodology, malpractice)

Lethal force by Gold Coast police justified, a coroner has found

The Courier-Mail 3 May 2016

POLICE officers were justified in using lethal force to shoot a man who approached them with a meat cleaver during a standoff on the Gold Coast, a coroner has found.

Troy Martin Foster, 32, died after being shot four times by dog squad officers as he approached them with the knife in a Southport driveway in November 2014.

Bonogin pair’s pub visit before fatal crash into Tweed River

Gold Coast Bulletin 4 May 2016

MICHELE Lord was seen walking into a northern NSW pub with her husband Edward before the car they were travelling in crashed into the Tweed River.

Ms Lord, 57, was critically injured when the silver sports car her husband was driving went off the road and crashed about 9.30pm on October 18 last year.

The Bonogin woman died two days later in Gold Coast University Hospital.

Police last week revealed homicide detectives were investigating.

Police officers justified in fatal shooting of Troy Martin Foster on Gold Coast: coroner

ABC News 3 May 2016

The use of lethal force by police officers involved in two separate fatal shootings in Queensland in 2014 was justified, an inquest has found.

Troy Martin Foster, 32, was holding a meat cleaver when he was shot dead by police in the driveway of his mother’s home in the Gold Coast suburb of Southport in November 2014.

That same month, Laval Zimmer, 33, was fatally shot when he advanced towards police whilst armed with a knife at his house in Kippa-Ring, north of Brisbane.

Forensic technique developed by Brisbane researcher helps identify missing soldiers

ABC News 3 May 2016

A forensic technique developed by a Queensland researcher is being used to identify the remains of American soldiers from the Korean War, speeding up the rate of identification and returning the fallen to their families.

University of Queensland forensic anthropologist Carl Stephan, who also is creating Australia’s first skeleton library, developed the chest radiograph comparison analysis technique during a five-year fellowship at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in Hawaii from 2008-2013.

He now serves as a consultant to the agency.

The technique uses chest radiographs to identify remains that cannot be identified using DNA, because of the embalming process the bones were put through during original examinations in the mid-1950s.

Tributes flow for mother Gemma Rane and child who died during pregnancy

Brisbane Times Jorge Branco April 27 2016

Just one week ago, an excited Gemma Rane was proud of her hand-painted crib prepared for the arrival of baby Deegan.
The 31-year-old mum spent hours refurbishing the cot in anticipation of her second son’s birth and was looking forward to introducing the baby boy to his family including grandmother Kellie Baker.

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Nauru asylum-seeker who set himself alight dies

The Australian Jared Owens April 29, 2016

A 23-year-old Iranian man who set himself alight in protest at conditions of asylum-seekers in the Pacific island nation of Nauru has been pronounced dead in Brisbane.
The young man, identified by fellow asylum-seekers as Omid, was airlifted to the Royal Brisbane Hospital on Wednesday evening after self-immolating that morning.
A video of the incident, seen by The Australian, purports to show the 23-year-old doused in liquid and committing the act of self-harm.
“This action will prove how exhausted we are; I cannot take it anymore,” he shouts, according to one translation, before setting himself alight.
A Nauruan government spokeswoman said the self-immolation was a “political protest” timed to coincide with the visit by officials of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.
“Unfortunately we have seen protests like this during high profile visits, as some from within the refugee community try and influence the Australian government’s offshore processing policies,” she said.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection confirmed the death in a statement.
“The Department expresses its sympathies to his wife, family and friends,” it said.
“The death will be reported to the Queensland Coroner. No further comment will be made at this time.”

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Bonds of identity retained in death

UQ News 29 April 2016

As the nation paused this week to remember the Port Arthur Massacre and ANZAC Day, a former Senior Coronial Counsellor has spoken of the toll involved in identifying and handling the dead.
University of Queensland School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work expert Dr John Drayton said there were conflicting emotions for both the bereaved and social workers who broke the news.
“A dead body can have a multitude of various meanings to the bereaved and this presents a complex challenge for social workers trying to work through grief and loss,” Dr Drayton said.

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