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)

Man jailed for six and a half years over father’s death

Brisbane Times AAP 29 August 2016

A man has been sentenced to six-and-a-half years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to the unlawful killing of a Queensland father in 2012.  A Brisbane Supreme Court jury on Monday found Shane David Lee not guilty of murdering Brian Smith following a nine-day trial.  But jurors could not return either a majority or unanimous verdict for the charge of manslaughter.

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Businessman to testify

Townsville Bulletin Christie Anderson 30 August 2016

TOWNSVILLE businessman Kevin Wright is about to be embroiled in the inquest into the disappearance of hitchhiker Tony Jones and is expected to be among the key witnesses.   The inquest, which opened in Townsville yesterday, will examine Tony’s 1982 disappearance while hitchhiking between Townsville and Mount Isa and the subsequent investigation.

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Alex McEwan to stand trial for bashing death of Eunji Ban

Courier Mail Kate McKenna 20 August 2016

ALEX McEwan has been committed to stand trial over the murder of Korean woman Eunji Ban. Last year, McEwan was deemed fit to stand trial in open court after the case spent more than two years within the bounds of the Mental Health Court.

Today, the case was mentioned in the Brisbane Magistrates Court, where it was sent to the Supreme Court for trial at a future date.  Police allege the apprentice spray painter bashed Ms Ban to death in a Wickham Park in Brisbane’s CBD in November 2013, in a random thrill killing.

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Police investigate body found on Town Beach, Mackay

Courier Mail Chris Honnery 29 August 2016

A BODY has been found on a north Queensland beach this evening, with police yet to determine the cause of death.

Police were called to Town Beach in Mackay about 5.40pm to reports of a male body lying on the beach.

A crime scene has been established on the beach and the person’s age and circumstances of death were not yet known.

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Appeal for witnesses to fatal traffic incident, Yatala

QPS News 30 August 2016

A man has died following a serious traffic crash on the Pacific Motorway (M1) at Yatala last night.  Initial information indicates the crash occurred around 9.07pm when a vehicle travelling north on the M1 slowed down and stopped in the left-hand lane at Yatala as a result of engine problems.

A truck following has slowed and activated its hazard lights before parking behind the broken down vehicle when a van travelling in the same direction has collided with the rear of the truck.

As a result the van’s driver, a man aged in his late 20s and sole occupant, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Three lanes of the M1 were closed for a short time.  Police are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the crash or observed the vehicle prior to the crash to contact the Springwood Forensic Crash Unit on ph: 38095277 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Judge slams prosecutors over court delays

Courier Mail Vanda Carson 27 August 2016

Justice David Boddice told Crown prosecutor Caroline Marco “the Crown might actually have to work hard, might actually have to switch the light on and get the indictment going and have the sentence dealt with”, during the review of a case this week.  Legal sources claim some public servants working for the DPP routinely wait until days before the deadline before presenting indictments in court.

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Court hears evidence of drug deal that led to stabbing

Queensland Times Emma Clarke 27 August 2016

A SELF-confessed drug dealer who was present at the alleged murder of Kieran Pye last year told a committal hearing the victim wanted to sell drugs to pay his rent.   Four people, Redbank Plains man Wayne Lemaga, 30, Bellbird Park woman Cassandra Renee Levelle, 37, Gailes man Tupu Sauaga, 24, and Goodna man Paul Anthony Benecki, 41, appeared in court in day three of a committal hearing in Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday.

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