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)

RAAF jet fuel: Defence personnel call for inquiry after reporting wide range of serious illnesses

ABC News 30 June 2015

Current and former Defence Force personnel are calling for a wide-ranging inquiry into whether thousands of servicemen and women have suffered serious illnesses due to exposure to toxic jet fuel.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-30/defence-personnel-call-for-jet-fuel-inquiry-range-of-illnesses/6583982

1 William Street ‘tower of power’ fall death investigation continues

Brisbane Times 30 June 2015

A police investigation into how a French tourist fell to his death from Brisbane’s ‘tower of power’ continues as it becomes the second fatality linked to the urban explorer trend this year.

Police are treating the 21-year-old man’s death at the construction site of the state government’s 1 William Street CBD development as misadventure rather than suicide.

They’re dealing with the early theory he plummeted from a crane he was scaling for fun.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/1-william-street-tower-of-power-fall-death-investigation-continues-20150630-gi1qyr.html

Bite-mark expert dismisses own testimony

The Clarion-Ledger Jerry Mitchell 22 June 2015

The expert whose bite-mark evidence led a jury to put Eddie Lee Howard Jr. on Mississippi’s death row now believes such evidence should be tossed.

“I no longer believe in bite-mark analysis,” forensic odontologist Michael West of Hattiesburg testified in a 2012 deposition. “I don’t think it should be used in court. I think you should use DNA. Throw bite marks out.”

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Ventura County Medical Examiner, under investigation, is placed on paid leave

LA Times Veronica Rocha 26 June 2015

T he Ventura County medical examiner is under investigation for allegedly performing unauthorized postmortem procedures, officials said.  Details about the procedures have not been released by the Ventura County district attorney’s office, which is investigating claims against Chief Medical Examiner Jon J. Smith.

Read more:  http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-ventura-medical-examiner-investigation-20150626-story.html

Boy, 3, dies after being hit by car

Courier Mail Josh Dutton 30 June 2015

A CHILD hit by a car outside a Queensland shopping centre last week has died as a result of his injuries.

The three-year-old boy was struck by a car outside Raintree Shopping Centre on Alfred St, Manunda, just before 7pm last Thursday.

The child was taken to Cairns Base Hospital with critical injuries where he died yesterday, police confirmed today.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the incident.

View at source:  http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/boy-3-dies-after-being-hit-by-car/story-fnihsrf2-1227421141343?from=public_rss

French tourist falls to death from CBD tower after ‘fun’ climb

Brisbane Times Kristian Silva 29 June 2015

Police believe a man who fell to his death at the 1 William Street construction site may have been scaling a crane for fun when he slipped.  Investigators are not treating the 21-year-old French tourist’s death as a suicide, and instead believe it was a case of misadventure.

Read more:  http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/french-tourist-falls-to-death-from-cbd-tower-after-fun-climb-20150629-gi0uzv.html

Mystery over Holly Brown’s death at Laura Races and Rodeo

Courier Mail Rhian Deutrom 29 June 2015

THE sudden death of a teenage girl at an outback rodeo has left her family and friends bewildered and in shock. Holly Brown, 17, had travelled to the Laura Races and Rodeo at Cape York with her family and friends for the weekend – less than 24 hours later she was found dead in her camp site.

Police say her death is not suspicious but a post-mortem examination will be performed to determine what caused a seemingly fit young girl to die so suddenly.

Read more:  http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/mystery-over-holly-browns-death-at-laura-races-and-rodeo/story-fnn8dlfs-1227419103829