Convicted pedophile Bradley Pen Dragon has been sentenced to more than four years in jail for accessing child pornography online just two days after his prison release for a separate violent crime in Perth.
The 58-year-old infamously spent 13 years in a Thai jail for sexually abusing children and has been repeatedly convicted in Western Australia for child exploitation offences.
Thanks - listened to it off this recommendation and it really was amazing. What a twisted story. I've listened to a handful of Casefile episodes, mainly about cases I was already aware of (Cobby, Snowtown, the Russian hammer boys) - are there any other standouts you could recommend? I think the most interesting case I listened to that I wasn't aware of was ep. 36 - Amok, which was a similarly odd tale.
Judge Goetze said he had read a victim impact statement from the girl, who was now aged 12, in which she said she sometimes felt what happened was her fault. "My comment to her, and she must understand, that this is not her fault, she has done nothing wrong," he said.
"Back in the 1980s, when DNA forensic analysis was still in its infancy, crime labs needed a speck of bodily fluid—usually blood, semen, or spit—to generate a genetic profile.
That changed in 1997, when Australian forensic scientist Roland van Oorschot stunned the criminal justice world with a nine-paragraph paper titled "DNA Fingerprints from Fingerprints." It revealed that DNA could be detected not just from bodily fluids but from traces left by a touch. Investigators across the globe began scouring crime scenes for anything—a doorknob, a countertop, a knife handle—that a perpetrator may have tainted with incriminating "touch" DNA"
Go to the link and read the next bit. It's a dousey.
"But van Oorschot's paper also contained a vital observation: Some people's DNA appeared on things that they had never touched."
"In the years since, van Oorschot's lab has been one of the few to investigate this phenomenon, dubbed "secondary transfer." What they have learned is that, once it's out in the world, DNA doesn't always stay put."
But, like most human enterprises, DNA analysis is not perfect. And without study, the scope and impact of that imperfection is difficult to assess, says Peter Gill, a British forensic researcher. He has little doubt that his field, so often credited with solving crimes, is also responsible for wrongful convictions.
"The problem is we're not looking for these things," Gill says. "For every miscarriage of justice that is detected, there must be a dozen that are never discovered."
Angus Sinclair, was acquitted in 2007 in controversial circumstances. Following the amendment of the law of double jeopardy, which would have prevented his retrial, Sinclair was re-tried in October 2014 and convicted of both murders on 14 November 2014. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 37 years, the longest sentence by a Scottish court, meaning he would be 106 years old when he was eligible for a potential release on parole. He died in prison at the age of 73, on 11 March 2019.
In addition to Eadie and Scott, Sinclair also pleaded guilty to culpable homicide of his eight-year-old neighbour Catherine Reehill in Glasgowin 1961, when he was sixteen, and given another life sentence in 2001 for the 1978 murder of 17-year-old Mary Gallacher on a footpath in Glasgow. He is thought to have also killed four other women between 1977 and 1978, all within a seven-month period of the murders of Eadie and Scott.
With me it was a stranger abduction, I didn’t know him & I was driven out into the forest area. Lucky I even made it back alive. I could’ve been a statistic very easily. My biggest problem came about with the jury...they were more concerned about what I was wearing than what actually happened to me. He was plea bargained a deal..