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)

Did Lelan Harrington manage to escape a grisly fate?

Gold Coast Bulletin 12 Feb. 2016

HE VANISHED, seemingly without a trace, along with his two friends last month.
Today, Lelan Harrington is alive and well while the allegedly murdered bodies of his mates were found inside a toolbox submerged in a Queensland dam.
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Logan murder charges: Police question 32-year-old man
Brisbane Times Kim Stephens February 12, 2016
A man believed to have gone into hiding after witnessing the alleged bashing of Logan pair Cory Breton and Iuliana Trescaru has been found by detectives investigating their alleged shooting deaths.
Police probing the alleged murders of Mr Breton and Ms Trescaru on the night of January 24 found the 32-year-old Crestmead man on Friday morning.
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Body of 25yo man missing in Mary River found

ABC News Rachel Riga 12 February 2016

The body of a man missing in the Mary River in southern Queensland since Wednesday morning has been found.
The 25-year-old man fell from Lamington Bridge ramp in Maryborough while fishing with friends – the fast moving current pulled him downstream and he failed to resurface.

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Police return to Logan dam where bodies found in metal box [Compilation]

ABC News 12 February 2016
Queensland Police will today return to a dam at Logan, south of Brisbane, where two bodies were found in a large metal box on Thursday morning.
Police are yet to confirm whether the bodies are those of Iuliana Triscaru, 31, and Cory Breton, 28, who went missing two weeks ago.
However, homicide detectives suspected early on that the pair had met with foul play, and senior investigators yesterday said there was little doubt the bodies were those of Ms Triscaru and Mr Breton.
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Friends tied up, shot and dumped in dam in metal coffin
Gold Coast Bulletin February 12, 2016 THEY were beaten, stabbed and tied by the ankles and wrists before being forced into a 2m-long metal toolbox, still alive.
Mother-of-three Iuliana Triscaru and Cory Breton were then driven to a nearby dam in a suburb of Logan, south of Brisbane, where they were shot in the head and dumped in the water.
Holes drilled in the sides helped their makeshift coffin sink to the bottom of Scrubby Creek in Kingston, from where police dredged it up yesterday, hauling it out with a crane as the stench of decomposing bodies filled the air.
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Six charged with murder after two bodies found in dam near Brisbane
The Guardian [Australia] Joshua Robertson 11 February 2016
An aspiring television actor and a mother of seven are among six people facing murder charges after police discovered a metal box believed to contain their alleged victims in a dam south of Brisbane.
The remains of two people were found inside the large metal box, which was hoisted from a dam in Kingston in Logan and transported to the John Tonge Centre for forensic analysis on Thursday.
Police suspect the bodies, which will undergo post mortem examinations and positive identification, are Cory Breton, 28, and Iuliana Triscaru, 31, who have been missing since 24 January.
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Logan murder charges: Police suspect drug debt was behind deaths
Brisbane Times Kim Stephens February 11, 2016
Police suspect a drug debt was behind the deaths of missing Logan pair Cory Breton and Iluiana Triscaru, who they alleged were murdered, stuffed in a metal box and dumped in a dam on the night of January 24.
Detective Superintendent Dave Hutchinson said police divers discovered the two metre box in a dam on a vacant lot in Kingston, in the southern Logan region, just after 8am on Thursday.
While investigators were yet to open it, he said they strongly suspected the remains of the missing pair were inside.
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ABC News Update 11 Feb., 2016
Bodies of two people revealed inside metal box pulled from Logan dam
The bodies of two people have been found locked in a large metal box that had been submerged in a dam at Kingston, south of Brisbane, detectives say.
Police believe the bodies to be those of Cory Breton, 28, and Iuliana Triscaru, 31, who were reported missing last month.
In a statement, police said the box was taken to Brisbane’s John Tonge Centre for forensic examination and found to contain the remains of two people.
Post-mortem examinations are being carried out to identify the pair.

Mass graves to be studied at new Sydney body farm

The Sydney Morning Herald Julie Power February 10, 2016

Australian forensic scientists will simulate the mass war graves of Iraq, Syria and the Balkans at Australia’s new body farm, which began operating last week at a highly secure site west of Sydney.
The first cadavers from three male donors were placed at The Australian Facility for Taphonomic Experimental Research (AFTER) last week.

No bail for man accused of one-punch attack that killed Coolanagatta grandfather

Gold Coast Bulletin 11 February 2016

A TEENAGER will remain behind bars charged with strict laws over the alleged one punch death of a Coolangatta grandfather.
Tristan Heather, 18, allegedly struck Trevor Duroux in the head outside the Coolangatta Hotel in the early hours of December 4.
Mr Duroux spent 10 days in an induced coma fighting for his life before he passed away.
Heather is charged with unlawfully striking causing death.
Defence lawyer Dave Garrett said an application for bail would be put forward when the case returned to Southport Court on March 9.
He told the court today the brief of evidence could not be completed until Mr Duroux’s autopsy results were available.

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Fatal traffic crash, Townsville

Qld Police Media 10 Feb., 2016

Forensic Crash Unit officers are currently investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred at West End in Townsville this morning.
Initial inquiries indicate shortly after 7am a truck and bicycle have collided near the intersection of Echlin and Stagpole Streets.
The male rider of the bicycle was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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Father and husband dies at the Gold Coast University Hospital waiting for surgery

Gold Coast Bulletin February 11, 2016

A GRIEVING widow says the love of her life would still be alive if he had not had to wait 11 days for a heart-valve replacement that never ­happened.
Burleigh Waters’ Jean Hourn, 77, said her husband Robert, 81, died one day ­before New Year’s Eve after doctors failed to fix his heart at the Gold Coast University Hospital.
Gold Coast Health has launched an investigation into the father-of-six’s death but declined to answer questions from the Gold Coast Bulletin.
The Bulletin obtained health documents which ­revealed Mr Hourn admitted himself to hospital on ­December 19 after his cardiology specialist diagnosed him with “severe aortic stenosis”.

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