Category Archives: Physical evidence

Criminal evidence (inc. adhesive tape, rope, soil, trace evidence, fibres, textiles, dyes, poisons, fertilisers) in relation to homicide, suicide, sexual assault, break & enter, hit & run etc.
Includes explosives, IEDs (Improvised explosive devices) oil spills and comparisons, physical evidence examination

Baden-Clay appeal decision set for Aug 31 Alexandra Patrikios Australian Associated Press August 25, 2016

Australia’s highest court is expected to hand down its highly anticipated decision in the Gerard Baden-Clay appeal next week.
Queensland prosecutors successfully launched the bid to have the case considered by the High Court after a shock decision by the state’s Court of Appeal to downgrade the murder conviction to one of manslaughter last December.
While it was expected a decision would come later in the year, the court is now set to hand down its decision at a hearing in Canberra on August 31.
It comes after five justices heard arguments for and against the Queensland Court of Appeal’s decision at hearing in Brisbane last month.

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Home Hill stabbing: Alleged killer bit police while being moved from hospital

Brisbane Times AAP August 25 2016
The man accused of killing British backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung was Tasered and sprayed with pepper spray after lashing out at police and biting an officer.
Townsville Regional Crime Co-ordinator Ray Rohweder said Smail Ayad became violent against officers as they drove him from hospital to the Townsville Police Station, where he was expected to be formally questioned on Thursday.
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ABC News 25 August 2016
Queensland backpacker killing: Man charged over Home Hill stabbing of Mia Ayliffe-Chung
A man has been charged with murder, attempted murder and animal cruelty over a stabbing attack at a north Queensland backpackers hostel.
Mia Ayliffe-Chung was stabbed to death in front of about 30 people at Shelley’s Backpackers in Home Hill, south of Townsville, after 11:00pm on Tuesday.
Tom Jackson, a 30-year-old British man who came to her aid, received critical head injuries in the attack, and another man was stabbed in the leg.
Read more: Nathan Paull Australian Associated Press August 26, 2016
Qld stab murder accused won’t front court
A Frenchman accused of the stabbing murder of British backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung won’t appear in court after allegedly assaulting police repeatedly since his arrest.
The 29-year-old man will instead appear in Townsville Magistrates Court via videolink on Friday after being charged over a stabbing attack at Shelley’s Backpackers in Home Hill, south of Townsville, on Tuesday night.
Ms Ayliffe-Chung, 21, died in the attack, while 30-year-old British man Tom Jackson was critically wounded, another man was injured and a dog was killed.
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Townsville Bulletin CHRIS McMAHON August 26, 2016
Accused backpacker killer Smail Ayad was a trained fighter
Mia Ayliffe-Chung the beautiful, young backpacker who was on the trip of a lifetime, had her life horrifically cut short, allegedly at the hands of an extremely violent, strong and well trained Smail Ayad, 29.
The man who ran to her aid as she lay dying in the Home Hill hostel bathroom after being stabbed nearly a dozen times, Thomas Jackson, never stood a chance either.
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Patricia Riggs’ husband charged with murder after body found

Brisbane News AAP August 24 2016

Patricia Anne Riggs’ husband has faced Queensland court charged with her murder, almost 15 years after reporting her missing.
Edmund Ian Riggs, 57, appeared expressionless when he appeared in Redcliffe Magistrates Court on Wednesday charged with murder and interfering with a corpse.

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Peter Milos death: Brisbane jury discharged after failing to reach verdict

ABC News Andrew Kos 25 August 2016

A Supreme Court jury in the murder trial of a man accused of killing a Brisbane chef has been discharged after failing to reach a verdict.
James Thomas Howell pleaded not guilty to murdering his former associate, 26-year-old Peter Milos, in May 2014.
Mr Milos was bludgeoned to death in a house he was minding for a friend in Morningside, the Supreme Court was told during the trial.
The jury deliberated for almost two days but could not come to a unanimous decision.

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Queensland backpackers’ killing: Police probe ‘Allahu akbar’ link in stabbing death of Mia Ayliffe-Chung

ABC News 24 August 2016

Police say they are looking into whether a French man who allegedly said “Allahu akbar” as he stabbed a 21-year-old British woman to death in a north Queensland backpackers’ hostel has any links to extremist groups.
Mia Ayliffe-Chung was stabbed to death and a 30-year-old man was critically injured in front of about 30 people at Shelley’s Backpackers in Home Hill, south of Townsville, after 11:00pm on Tuesday.
A dog from the hostel was also killed.
A 29-year-old Frenchman who was living with the victims at the hostel is in custody, but has not been charged.

Read more: August 25, 2016 French backpacker shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ during fatal Home Hill stabbing
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Perfume traces could help to solve crimes

BBC News | Rebecca Morelle 24 August 2016

Detecting traces of perfume could help in the fight against crime, a study suggests.

Scientists have found that the chemical components of a fragrance can transfer from one person’s clothing to another’s – even if any contact is brief.

The scent’s signature lingers for days, although it lessens over time.

The team says this is a proof-of-principal study, but suggests that perfumes have the potential to be used as trace evidence.

The researchers, writing in the journal Science and Justice, said that analysing fragrances could be a useful tool in cases where there has been close physical contact, such as sexual assaults.

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Update: Homicide Investigation, Mundubbera

QPS Media | 24 August 2016

Police investigating the death of a man at Mundubbera yesterday have commenced a homicide investigation.

Forensic officers remain at the residence where a crime scene was established yesterday (August 23).

At around 11.30am yesterday, police were called to a residence at Bunce Street in response to a man with apparent stab wounds.

As a result, a 43-year-old man was transported to Mundubbera Base Hospital where he later died.

Detectives from Maryborough CIB are investigating.

There is no further information at this stage.

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