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)

Chief coroner calls for legal aid provision in state-involved inquests

The Guardian UK Owen Bowcott 25 July 2016

In wide-ranging interview, soon-to-retire Peter Thornton QC says bereaved families are entitled to ‘equality of arms’.

Thornton, who leads a team of 380 coroners and 595 coroners’ officers, also said a critical shortage of pathologists was a “disaster looming”.  Pathologists are employed by the NHS but perform postmortem examinations as freelancers, for the slender sum of £96.80 per body. Many are reluctant to take on the work.

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Man denies intention to kill stepdaughter

Courier Mail AAP 25 July 2016

A BRISBANE man accused of killing his stepdaughter allegedly told a neighbour he would stab her if he could “get away with it” just weeks before her death. Raymond John Mead has pleaded not guilty to murdering Sherelle Locke, 23, while she was watching TV with her mother in Boronia Heights in February 2014.  Ms Woolridge said a pathologist would testify that the 27cm deep wound to Ms Locke’s chest was unlikely to have been the result of someone falling on her.

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Baby dies at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital after oxygen mix-up in neo-natal unit

ABC News 26 July 2016

A newborn has died and another has suspected brain damage after nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, was incorrectly administered instead of oxygen at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital in Sydney’s south-west.  New South Wales Health Minister Jillian Skinner said in a statement a machine in the neo-natal resuscitation unit had been incorrectly installed.

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Teneriffe remains could solve longstanding mystery over disappearance of Marjorie Norval

ABC News Josh Bavas 26 July 2016

Police are awaiting forensic results on the arm, leg and jaw bones for details that could finally answer that question.  The remains were discovered on the edge of a steep park along Teneriffe Drive, which was once used as an unofficial dumping site dating back to World War II.  In 1943, a coroner ruled that Ms Norval most likely died while visiting an unidentified abortionist.

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Gerard Baden-Clay: High Court to hear appeal against downgrade of murder charge

ABC News Allyson Horn 26 July 2016

Australia’s highest court will today hear an appeal against the downgraded murder conviction of Brisbane wife killer Gerard Baden-Clay.  Queensland’s Director of Public Prosecutions Michael Byrne QC will argue the crown case, with the hearing expected to last for several hours.

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Joan Ryther: DNA found on victim’s clothing ‘likely’ to be from murder accused, court told

ABC News Andrew Kos 25 July 2016

DNA found on the clothing worn by Joan Ryther the day she died almost certainly belongs to the man charged with her 2013 rape and murder, a court has been told.  Andrew Michael Burke, 21, has pleaded not guilty to the charges in the Supreme Court in Brisbane.  Burke has also pleaded not guilty to a charge of killing an unborn child.

The witnesses will include a scientist who will tell the court that DNA found on Ms Ryther’s jacket was 100 billion times more likely to have come from Burke than from anyone else.

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Fatal traffic crash, Leyburn

QPS News 26 July 2016

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating following a fatal single vehicle traffic crash in Leyburn yesterday.  Just after 2pm police were called following reports of a motorcycle and rider located on the side of Toowoomba-Karara Road.

A 49-year-old Leyburn man was located deceased at the scene.

Initial investigations suggest the motorcycle was travelling south on Toowoomba-Karara Road when it left the road and crashed, sometime between 8am and 2pm yesterday.  Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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