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)

Adam James Gooley jailed for life for shooting Shyam Dhody

Brisbane Times AAP September 4, 2015

A 34-year-old man has received a life sentence, with no parole for 20 years, for the murder of Gold Coast businessman Shyam “Sam” Dhody.
Adam James Gooley shot Mr Dhody 10 times in the head with a .22 calibre rifle while Mr Dhody was in bed at his Gilston home on the Gold Coast on July 5, 2013.
Supreme Court Justice David Boddice said Gooley had committed the terrible murder out of a misguided need to protect Mr Dhody’s fiance, with whom Mr Gooley was in love.

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Accused Qld killer’s family struggling

The Advertiser AAP 4 September 2015

THE father of a teenager accused of killing Queensland schoolgirl Jayde Kendall says it’s difficult to comprehend the anguish his family is feeling.
BRENDEN Jacob Bennetts, 19, was arrested and charged over the 16-year-old’s death last week when detectives found her body in a paddock in Upper Tenthill, about 17km from her hometown of Gatton, two weeks after she vanished.
Jayde was last seen getting into Bennett’s car after school on August 14 and the alarm was raised when she didn’t meet her father after a scheduled shift at McDonald’s. Bennetts didn’t appear when his case was mentioned briefly in the Ipswich Magistrates Court on Friday.

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The search for Townsville mother Julie Hutchinson’s body continues

Townsville Bulletin CHRIS MCMAHON September 04, 2015

POLICE have vowed to never give up the search for the body of Townsville mother Julie Hutchinson, allegedly murdered by her husband.
It has been nearly six months since Mrs Hutchinson was last seen alive at her Condon home.
Her husband, Michael Geoffrey Hutchinson, has been charged with her murder.

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Fatal Qld raceway crash cause unclear

Brisbane Times AAP Miranda Forster September 3, 2015

British motor racer Sean Edwards almost certainly died as a result of a mechanical failure but exactly what went wrong may never be known.
Edwards’ inquest has closed with evidence the 26-year-old was likely killed after the throttle on the Porsche race car he was in jammed, or the vehicle’s anti-lock braking system (ABS) was somehow triggered.
Australian professional racer Karl Reindler told the Brisbane hearing on Thursday both possibilities would have made it harder for amateur driver Will Holzheimer, who was behind the wheel, to slow down.
The ABS, if tripped, makes the brake pedal “firm” and this could explain why Mr Holzheimer was seen hitting the brake hard in footage from an in-car GoPro, said Mr Reindler, who is a mechanical engineer.

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Fatal traffic crash, Margate

Qld Police Media 3 Sept 2015

A man has died as a result of injuries he sustained in a crash in Margate on Wednesday August 26.
The man was a passenger involved in a three vehicle traffic crash around 9.45am at the intersection of Victoria Avenue and Knight Street.
The 92-year-old Scarborough man was transported to a private hospital where he died this evening.
Forensic Crash Unit are investigating.

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Jury discharged in Paul Gathercole fatal stabbing case on Gold Coast

ABC News AAP 2 Sept 2015

A jury has failed to reach a unanimous verdict in the case of a man accused of the stabbing murder of his Gold Coast housemate.
Paul Gathercole had pleaded not guilty to the murder of Robbie Joseph Charles, 32, in Mermaid Beach on February 1, 2014.

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Evidence delay on trial for murder of Townsville mother Julie Hutchinson

Townsville Bulletin Christie Anderson September 03, 2015

A MAN accused of murdering his wife and disposing of her body has had his court case adjourned again as police investigators sort through 198 statements from witnesses.
Michael Geoffrey Hutchinson had his case mentioned in Townsville Magistrates Court yesterday during a committal hearing.
He faces a charge of murder over the presumed death of his wife Julie Hutchinson (pictured), who vanished in March, and is also charged with interfering with a corpse and fraud.
Police claim Mr Hutchinson paid a woman $2000 to pose as his wife to co-sign a business loan on July 10, 2014.
All charges were adjourned until October 12 as police continue to sort through hordes of statements and evidence.
Police prosecutor Tim Madsen told the court a brief of evidence was expected to be finalised within two months.

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