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

What happened to Tyrell Cobb?

Brisbane Times Kristian Silva 2 August 2015

Police investigating the death of a young boy say new forensic evidence and fresh leads from recent interviews give them renewed hope of solving the case.

Tyrell Cobb, 4, died on May 24, 2009 after being rushed to hospital from his Biggera Waters home on the Gold Coast.

More than 70 different injuries were found on his body, most of which were small bruises. Tyrell suffered internal bleeding and a severe abdominal injury the pathologist believed was caused by “blunt impact” from strong punches or an object.

The pathologist said the wounds were likely sustained over a period of days and “collectively could not be typical of accidental injuries”.

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Man accused of murdering 75yo Fraser Coast woman remanded in custody

ABC News Rachel Riga 31 July 2015

A man has been remanded in custody after he was charged with the murder of a 75-year-old woman on southern Queensland’s Fraser Coast.

Norma Ludlam suffered fatal injuries to her head and face after she was found in her Eli Waters home earlier this month.

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Update 2 – Suspicious death, Coonarr

QPS News 3 August 2015

Police have arrested a man in relation to the suspicious death of a 44-year-old man at Coonarr on Saturday.

Police were called to a Coonarr Road address just after 2am, after a man received what appeared to be stab wounds during an altercation with another man.

An appeal to locate a 42-year-old man who may be able to assist with enquires was issued yesterday. The man handed himself in to Logan police this morning.

Investigations are continuing.

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Update – Suspicious death, Coonarr

QPS News 2 August 2015

Police investigating the suspicious death of a 44-year-old man at a property on Coonarr Road, Coonarr on August 1 are appealing for public assistance.

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Suspicious death, Coonarr

QPS News 1 August 2015

Police are investigating the suspicious death of a middle aged man at a property at Coonarr which is believed to have occurred at around 2am today.  Detectives and scientific officers are on scene.  An investigative centre has been established at Bundaberg Police Station.

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Forensic labs explore blind testing to prevent errors

Science AAAS Kelly Servick 3o July 2015

Last week, at the first International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management in Arlington, Virginia, nearly 500 forensic scientists, crime lab managers, and other practitioners confronted the factors that have led to unreliable results in the field. A key problem, many said, is that people who evaluate evidence from crime scenes have access to information about a case that could bias their analysis. That subconscious bias could arise from irrelevant contextual information, such as the nature of the crime or police investigators’ beliefs about a suspect’s guilt, or from the physical evidence itself. As forensics struggles to recover from revelations of serious flaws in its methodology and scientific underpinnings, more labs are considering ways to shield their examiners from potential bias.

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Police test gas bomb theory after Mount Isa blast which killed father and his two children

The Courier Mail Peter Michael July 31, 2015

POLICE are awaiting test results on a possible makeshift bomb located at the site of a triple fatal gas explosion in Mount Isa.
Senior officers have refused to speculate on whether two LPG gas bottles had been deliberately rigged to blow in Tuesday’s tragedy.
Crime scene analysts have identified fragments of exploded cylinders in a blackened bomb-like crater outside the family home.
Forensic officers have also sent DNA to Brisbane to confirm it was boilermaker Charlie Hinder, 39, and his two children Nyobi, 7, and River, 4, killed in the blast, with preliminary findings expected next week.

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Pest repellent cans ‘blow up’ restaurant

The Courier Mail AAP and Emma Williams July 31, 2015

A BRISBANE restaurant has been partially blown apart, with cans of pest repellent suspected to be the cause of the explosion.
Firefighters were called to the Sunnybank premises, on the corner of Mains Rd and Mccullough St, around 10pm on Thursday and found the front and back of the restaurant had been partially blown off, after the owners reportedly set off 24 cans of pest repellent.

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