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

Dr Lynne Milne: ‘When you get results you think ‘oh my god I didn’t expect that’ Andrew Koubaridis 21 November 2015

Dr Lynne Milne’s involvement in the Samantha Bodsworth homicide investigation was the first time forensic palynology had been used in a criminal case in Australia.  She matched pollen linking a murder suspect car to samples from where a strangled body had been found.

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Forensic cleaner dishes dirt on one of the most gruesome jobs on planet Megal Palin 22 November 2015

When people are murdered, commit suicide, or die in their homes from natural causes, Ms Lee Iordanidis is often called in to “clean up the mess”.  It’s a job that Ms Iordanidis said was so undesirable that she is one of only four people in Australia who have turned it into a career.

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Murder accused remanded in custody

Townsville Bulletin Samantha Healy 20 November 2015

A MAN accused of stabbing to death a mate in Charters Towers will remain in custody, with the murder case to be mentioned again in the New Year.

Patrick Michael Liddey, 26, of Berserker, a suburb of Rockhampton, was arrested and charged with the murder of a 32-year-old Charters Towers man Allan Raymond Ward yesterday afternoon.

Just hours earlier, police were called to a unit complex on Towers St about 3.45am and located the man’s body.  The charge against Liddy was briefly mentioned in the Townsville Magistrates Court this morning.  The case was adjourned until January 27.

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Toowoomba teen murder cold case can be cracked

The Chronicle 20 November 2015

John Brand was Queensland Police’s chief forensics officer before he retired in 2009.

He has spent his years in retirement retesting evidence and hunting for clues in some of Queensland’s most infamous unsolved murders, including Ms Mason’s.

Mr Brand has revealed that he has new evidence that could solve the teen’s murder.

He said a forensic breakthrough from the crime scene just before he retired and fresh tips made the case solvable.

Mr Brand, speaking to national media, has called for the case to be reopened, despite resistance from Queensland Attorney General Yvette D’ath to hold a coronial inquest into the murder.

“We have significant information and that information involves forensic evidence and we now have additional forensic evidence that I believe will assist in solving this terrible murder,” he said.

Man stabbed to death in Charters Towers, north Queensland

ABC News 19 November 2015

A man is helping police with their inquiries into the suspected murder of a 32-year-old man in Charters Towers, south-west of Townsville, in north Queensland.

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Suspicious death, Charters Towers

QPS News 19 November 2015

Townsville detectives are investigating the suspicious death of a man in Charters Towers early this morning.

At around 3.45am police attended a unit complex on Towers Street where the deceased body of a man was located with stab wounds.  The man is believed to be aged in his 30s.  There is no further information available at this stage.  Investigations are continuing.

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Man charged with stabbing murder of teen appears in court

ABC News Michelle Rafferty 17 November 2015

A man charged with the stabbing murder of a teenage boy has appeared in court on Queensland’s Gold Coast.  Michael Brack, 16, suffered fatal stab wounds in the Gold Coast suburb of Bundall on Saturday night.

The accused, Ryan Howes, 23, asked for medication when he appeared before the Southport Magistrates Court this morning.  He also requested to be moved out of the Southport watch house.

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