Government News Marie Sansom August 26, 2015
A new computed tomography (CT) scanner at Glebe Morgue could speed up post mortems and reduce the number of internal examinations forensic pathologists carry out on the deceased.
The NSW government’s $600,000 scanner captures detailed 3-D imaging of bones, internal tissues and organs – even through a body bag or clothes – making the job of forensic pathologists easier, quicker and potentially less invasive.
The scanner can detect fractures, various natural causes – including a stroke – and injury patterns stemming from different traumas, such as gunshot wounds.
NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner said that in some cases the scanner could eliminate the need for an internal examination of the body.
“This sophisticated tool allows forensic pathologists to prepare more comprehensive reports for the NSW Coroner and, in some cases, determine cause of death faster,” Ms Skinner said.
Read more: http://www.governmentnews.com.au/2015/08/nsw-government-promises-faster-autopsies-with-new-scanner/
ABC News Margaret Burin 16 August 2015
Australia’s real-life crime scene investigators say their jobs are not always as sexy as they look on TV. Every night prime-time television is filled with crime-scene investigation dramas centred on detectives solving complex cases. But how real is what we see on TV? Meet some of Australia’s real-life CSI professionals, from those who examine blood spatter to those who clean it up.
Features the work of Victoria Police experts and VIFM scientists and pathologists
Posted in Clinical forensic medicine, Counselling, Drug analysis and toxicology, Forensic DNA, Forensic pathology, Forensic radiology, Organ / tissue donation, Physical evidence, Science - General
Tagged Crime scene investigation, Forensic evidence, Forensic pathologists, Forensic scientists, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM)
ABC News Leonie Mellor, John Taylor and Maria Hatzakis August 7, 2015
The Court of Appeal in Brisbane has reserved its decision on a challenge against Gerard Baden-Clay’s murder conviction.
Lawyers appealing against Baden-Clay’s life sentence, with a 15-year non-parole period, for the murder of his wife Allison Baden-Clay in 2012 today said it was possible he unintentionally killed her.
The appeal decision will be handed down at a later date.
Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-07/appeal-court-reserves-decision-baden-clay-murder-conviction/6675296
Earlier in The Sydney Morning Herald – Miranda Forster:
Lawyers for former real estate agent Gerard Baden-Clay say it’s possible he unintentionally killed his wife, Allison, then panicked and covered up her death.
The 44-year-old’s defence team has appealed the jury’s guilty verdict at his trial last year, arguing it was unreasonable.
Before a packed courtroom, defence barrister Michael Copley QC argued there was no solid evidence Baden-Clay intentionally killed his wife and tried to cover it up.
He said circumstantial facts, such as the presence of fingernail scratches on the father-of-three’s face and Allison’s blood in the family car, did not prove murder.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au//breaking-news-national/allison-badenclays-death-unintentional-20150807-40mw4.html
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Brisbane Times 7 July 2015
An elderly driver who died in a single car crash at the Gold Coast on Tuesday suffered a suspected heart attack at the wheel, Queensland Ambulance Service said.
The man, aged in his 80s, was the sole occupant of a car that ran off the road and slammed into a tree in the southern beachside suburb of Bilinga about 7.20am.
He suffered serious leg injuries, as well as suspected cardiac failure, a QAS spokeswoman said.
Paramedics attempted to revive him but he died at the scene.
(University of Leicester 30 June 2016) University of Leicester and Leicester’s Hospitals researchers introduce novel new service to NHS in Leicestershire. Professor Guy Rutty has championed the use of PMCT since 2002, when he first introduced an imaging research programme to Leicester for suspicious death and homicide investigations.
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