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)

Quad bikes: NSW coroner urges licences and bans on children drivers

The Australian 26 November 2015

Children could be banned from driving quad bikes and drivers could be forced to get a licence under tough safety measures recommended by the NSW Coroner’s Court after an inquest into nine quad bike deaths.

“It is imperative in my view that steps be taken to make these vehicles safer,” Deputy State Coroner Sharon Freund said when she handed down findings of a long-running inquest into the deaths, which happened in NSW between 2009 and 2014.

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Woman drowns in family pool on Gold Coast

Brisbane Times 27 November 2015

A woman has died after an apparent swimming pool drowning on the Gold Coast early on Friday.

Her body was discovered by a man at the Tallai home on Bendigo Crescent about 2.55am, police said.

Paramedics were called and found the 31-year-old woman unconscious and not breathing, before she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities have been told the woman had been swimming in the pool on Thursday night.

A police spokeswoman said initial reports did not suggest the death was suspicious, but investigations were continuing.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

Greg Dufty death: Up to five people involved, police say

Brisbane Times 26 November 2015

Police believe up to five people may have been involved in the death of 37-year-old Greg Dufty.

Officers have charged a third man with murder over the case, and are preparing for a weekend search to find potential murder weapons.

Arundel man Liam Bliss was arrested on Wednesday afternoon and charged with murder.

Police are continuing to appeal for information about Mr Dufty’s death, with his body yet to be located.

Medical errors before WA woman’s death

Sydney Morning Herald AAP 25 November 2015

Medical staff failed to give good care to an Aboriginal woman who died in custody, but the doctors and nurses involved are not bad at their jobs, a West Australian inquest has heard.

Ms Dhu, whose first name is not used for cultural reasons, died two days after being locked up at South Hedland Police Station in August last year for failing to pay fines totalling $3622.

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Murder accused said ‘I think I did kill him’

Brisbane Times AAP  25 November 2015

A witness to the fatal attack of a New Zealand national in Cairns says she heard the murder accused saying, “I think I actually did kill him”.

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McCulkin murder accused ‘bragged’ of 33 kills

Brisbane Times AAP 25 November 2015

O’Dempsey’s one-time girlfriend Kerri-Anne Scully on Wednesday told the hearing her former beau – who also had a short-lived relationship with her mother years before – confessed to the killings as they perused a book he was mentioned in.

The hearing also heard from former gangster Peter Hall, who said Dubois had told him he was “forced to participate” in the McCulkin murders but maintained he didn’t personally kill any of the women.

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Fatal traffic crash, Bunya Mountains

QPS News 24 November 2015

Police are investigating after a woman died in a motorcycle crash at Bunya Mountains this morning.  Initial investigations indicate the single vehicle crash occurred around 11am on Bunya Mountains Road with the motorcycle the woman was riding leaving the roadway and crashing into a tree.

The rider, a 54-year-old Roma woman, died at the scene.  The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

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