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)

Killer of Gold Coast businessman Sam Dhody pleads guilty to murder

Gold Coast Bulletin Emmaline Stigwood  July 31, 2015

A MAN accused of shooting Southport businessman Sam Dhody has this morning pleaded guilty to murder.
Adam James Gooley appeared in the Supreme Court in Brisbane where he pleaded guilty to murdering Shyam “Sam’’ Dhody in 2013.

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Emerald man jailed over housemate sledgehammer death as court rules manslaughter not murder

ABC News Jess Lodge 31 July 2015

A man from Emerald, in central Queensland, who bashed his housemate to death with a sledgehammer, has been jailed for seven and a half years.
A Supreme Court jury in Rockhampton took seven hours to find David John Cooper not guilty of murder but guilty of the manslaughter of Ernie Peterson, 36, in Emerald in 2013.

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Police test gas bomb theory after Mount Isa blast which killed father and his two children

The Courier Mail Peter Michael July 31, 2015

POLICE are awaiting test results on a possible makeshift bomb located at the site of a triple fatal gas explosion in Mount Isa.
Senior officers have refused to speculate on whether two LPG gas bottles had been deliberately rigged to blow in Tuesday’s tragedy.
Crime scene analysts have identified fragments of exploded cylinders in a blackened bomb-like crater outside the family home.
Forensic officers have also sent DNA to Brisbane to confirm it was boilermaker Charlie Hinder, 39, and his two children Nyobi, 7, and River, 4, killed in the blast, with preliminary findings expected next week.

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CSI Sydney: Crime scene investigators use lasers and 3D goggles to map inside of Lindt Cafe

ABC News 31 July 2015

Advances in laser and 3D technologies are allowing police to reconstruct entire crime scenes and pieces of evidence.
The technology is being used in the inquest into last year’s Lindt Cafe siege in Sydney, and it is hoped that it will help in counter-terrorism activities.
Forensic crime scene officer Domenic Raneri says the days of measuring crime scenes with a piece of string are over.
“The laser sweeps out 270 degrees which means it’s capturing everything except for a very small area immediately below the scanner,” he said.
He said each scan takes about five minutes to complete.
“We can move through the crime scene taking these scans and overlaying them with photography to create a colour photo-realistic rendering of the environment,” he said.

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Taxi driver jailed over fatal crash

The Courier Mail Kay Dibben July 29, 2015

THE mother of a motorcyclist fatally injured when a Brisbane taxi ran a red light says she is pleased the driver will spend time in jail thinking about what he has done.
Arminder Singh, 30, who yesterday pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a vehicle causing the death of Dean Thomasson, 47, last year, will spend four months in jail.
“It was a short-lived mistake with catastrophic consequences,” Judge Brian Devereaux told Singh, as he sentenced him in Brisbane District Court.

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Sleep deprived 24yo woman jailed over 2013 fatal road crash near Mackay

ABC News Jonathan Hair 30 July 2015

A woman has been jailed for a car crash which killed another woman north of Mackay, in north Queensland, in 2013.
Stephanie Jade Tesselaar, 24, pleaded guilty in the District Court in Mackay to dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death.
The court heard Tesselaar was driving in the wrong lane of Yakapari-Seaforth Road, north of Mackay, when she collided with another car, killing Calliope Fay-Van Heusden, 23.

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Ruth Dodd murder case referred to Mental Health Court

Townsville Bulletin CHRISTIE ANDERSON July 29, 2015

A WOMAN accused of murdering her elderly mother has had her case handed to the Mental Health Court.
The body of 71-year-old Ruth Dodd was discovered at her Heatley home in January.
Police will allege her daughter Alva Dodd stabbed her to death before stealing her blue ­Holden Astra. The car was later found dumped in Aitkenvale.
The 36-year-old had her murder charge adjourned in Townsville Magistrates Court this morning.

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