ABC 7 23 September 2015
Some drunk drivers could go free because of law and disorder at Illinois State Police crime labs.
The ABC7 I-Team uncovered a pattern of forensic failures that could put criminal cases in jeopardy and risk thousands of charges and convictions being thrown out.
Unreliability in science is like a bull in a china shop: it can wreck everything. The Illinois state crime lab is under fire by a criminal defendant who may have been wrongly charged- using evidence with inaccurate or unreliable test results – and under fire by defense attorneys and experts alarmed by what they see as shoddy science.
Brisbane Times AAP September 24, 2015
A committal hearing for three men accused of the torture and murder of Queensland man Shaun Barker has been adjourned until the new year.
Matthew Leslie Armitage, his father Stephen John Armitage and William Francis Dean have each been charged with murder, torture, deprivation of liberty and interfering with a corpse over the December 2013 disappearance of 33-year-old Mr Barker, whose remains were found in Toolara Forest five months later.
The matter was mentioned briefly in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday before a committal hearing was scheduled for three days in mid-January 2016.
Read at source: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/shaun-barker-murder-committal-adjourned-20150924-gjtrwy.html
ABC News story: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-09-24/shaun-barker-allegedly-tortured-and-held-in-esky/6801484
Posted in Drug analysis and toxicology, Forensic DNA, Forensic pathology, Physical evidence
Tagged Brisbane Magistrate's Court, Committal hearing, human remains, Methamphetamine, Murder, Shaun Barker, Toolara State Forest, torture
Brisbane Times AAP September 23, 2015
A man accused of killing Queensland schoolgirl Jayde Kendall has had his case mentioned in court.
Brenden Jacob Bennetts, 19, is charged with one count each of murder and interfering with a corpse, and was remanded in custody following a hearing at Ipswich Magistrates Court on Wednesday afternoon.
Outside court, his lawyer Brendan Ryan told journalists it was impossible to make a Supreme Court bail application because he only had access to what was effectively a summary of police allegations.
The matter will return to court on December 16.
Read at source: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/jayde-kendall-accused-case-back-in-court-20150923-gjtebq.html
Brisbane Times Kim Stephens September 23, 2015
More than two months after she went missing, hopes are fading the body of presumed murder victim Tiffany Taylor will ever be found.
But investigators have not given up hope public information will eventually lead them to the teenager’s remains, which they believe have been dumped somewhere between Blacksoil, north of Ipswich, and Wivenhoe Dam.
The area was the last signal location given by Tiffany’s white Samsung Galaxy phone on July 12, the day she disappeared.
Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/tiffany-taylor-hopes-fade-teens-body-will-be-found-20150923-gjt5iz.html
QPS News 22 September 2015
Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 60-year-old man in Nanango earlier this month.
Around 4.20pm on Friday, September 11, paramedics attended an Old Esk North Road residence where a man had been located by a friend unconscious.
The man was taken to Kingaroy Hospital where he died a short time later.
Detectives are appealing for public assistance with the matter and are urging anyone who may have seen a white vehicle with possible tinted windows, on September 11 between 2pm and 4pm, near the intersection of Old Esk North Road and Templeton Road, Nanango to contact investigators.
QPS News 21 September 2015
A 27-year-old Southport man has been charged with 13 offences including two counts of failing to stop a motor vehicle and one count each of serious assault police, dangerous conduct with weapon, dangerous operation of a vehicle whilst affected by an intoxicated substance, driving under the influence, possessing dangerous drugs, disqualified driving, unlawful possession of weapons and possessing restricted items.
The Courier Mail 21 September 2015
A 38-year-old local man has been charged with nine offences including arson and serious animal cruelty following an investigation into a house fire which claimed the life of a pet pig at Cooktown yesterday.