ANZPAA NIFS July 2015 12 pp.
The Intelligent Use of Forensic Data handbook is a collation and integration of recently published findings and observations on the principles and practice of forensic intelligence. It provides a concise, understandable, visual guide outlining introductory principles to personnel at various levels and disciplines across law enforcement, including: forensic scientists, police officers and those involved in administering the criminal justice system.
This handbook is intended to raise awareness of the forensic intelligence principles and practice and be a valuable reference tool to jurisdictions.
Forensic intelligence is the timely aggregation and processing of forensic case data from different cases. It provides knowledge on criminal activity and may support proactive and preventive approaches.
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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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The Australian John Ross May 28, 2015
Scientists have a 430,000-year-old cold case on their hands, after analyses of fossils in a famous Spanish cave revealed evidence of the world’s first known murder victim.
Forensic reconstruction of a skull found in the Sima de los Huesos, or “pit of bones”, suggests it belonged to a homicide victim.
An international research team, which spent 20 years piecing the skull together from 52 fragments, says two fractures above the left eye were caused by “blunt force trauma”.
“The type of injuries, their location, the similarity of the fractures and the different orientations and implied trajectories suggest they were produced with the same object in face-to-face conflict,” the researchers report today in the journal PLOS ONE. “This represents the earliest clear case of deliberate, lethal interpersonal aggression in the (human) fossil record.”
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3D Print | April 28, 2015 | Hannah Rose Mendoza
The benefits of 3D technologies aren’t reserved only for the living. The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine’s (VIFM) Medico-Legal Death Investigation in Australia are working to demonstrate the benefits of producing 3D prints to serve as evidence in court. Members of their investigative team are regularly called upon to provide evidence and expert testimony in cases ranging from car accidents to homicide.
The forensic radiology team at the VIFM incorporated a CT scanner into the mortuary in 2005 and in the years since each deceased individual to be admitted to the institute has been scanned and the images stored in a growing database. Having the CT scanner on site has become a regular part of the routine at VIFM and has contributed to a reduction in the number of unnecessary autopsies performed there. In some cases, this means that the families who have lost their loved ones can have the remains returned to them in a much more timely fashion while also minimizing the need for invasive operations. While this may seem a small comfort during a time of loss, it is a comfort nonetheless. Continue reading…