petedavo

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Is it strange that there's been no news about this since it broke on 5 Jan?
Media don't report suicides, as it always results in spates of suicides. So if the media hasn't followed up, it'll be a good guess that it was deemed to be a suicide.

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Media don't report suicides, as it always results in spates of suicides. So if the media hasn't followed up, it'll be a good guess that it was deemed to be a suicide.

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Very strange circumstances for a suicide - missing for 5 days then suddenly turns up in the parklands.....
 

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Need to lock this guy up and throw the key away.

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.



https://www.9news.com.au/2019/01/31...horrifying-online-searches?ocid=Social-9NewsP
 

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The latest episode on Case File is amazing. I urge everybody to check it out.
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.
 

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Malaysian hitman to be deported after murder conviction https://t.co/HoZrsY9ax5


A former bodyguard to Malaysia's ex-prime minister Najib Razak faces eventual deportation from Australia after a Sydney court this week rejected his appeal for political asylum.

Key points:

Sirul was sentenced to death in Malaysia but applied for asylum in Australia

The tribunal found the murder of Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaariibuu did not amount to a political crime

It is Australian policy not to deport anyone facing the death penalty

Sirul Azhar Umar was one of two bodyguards sentenced to death in 2015 over the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu.

But Australia is expected to delay his deportation until after Malaysia abolishes the death penalty.

Ms Altantuya had worked as a translator on a $1 billion Malaysian deal to buy French submarines, which was embroiled in allegations of bribery and kickbacks.

She had also been having an affair with Abdul Razak Baginda, a close confidante of Mr Najib, who was at the time Malaysia's deputy prime minister.

Sirul and the other bodyguard, Azilah Hadri, were found to have shot Ms Altantuya several times in the head in a patch of jungle outside Kuala Lumpur in 2006.

They then blew up her body with military grade explosives.

Azilah is now in jail, but Sirul, a former police corporal, maintains his innocence, insisting he was ordered by his superiors to carry out the killing.

He has never said who wanted Ms Altantuya killed or why.

Ms Altantuya's family is hoping Sirul's return will shed light on who ordered her killing.

Last month Ms Altantuya's father launched a civil case against the two Malaysian bodyguards, her former lover, and the Malaysian Government.

Sirul has previously offered to tell all if he is granted a full pardon by Malaysian authorities.

There has long been speculation the 28-year-old was killed to stop her exposing the bribes allegedly paid during the submarine sale to close confidantes of Mr Najib.

Despite a photograph purporting to show her with Mr Najib and her former lover in Paris, he has vehemently denied ever meeting her, or having anything to do with her death.

"That is slander. Lies. I never met her," he was quoted as saying by the Malaysiakini online news portal last month.

'Non-political crime'

Sirul has been in Sydney's Villawood detention centre for more than four years after he fled to Australia in 2014 while on bail.

A Malaysian associate of Sirul's living in Australia — who does not want to be named — said he took his case for political asylum to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in Sydney.

"He wants to be released into the Australian society, released from detention, so that he could go into the Australian society and live, because he said that his crime was a political crime," he said.

After a lengthy court process, the tribunal rejected Sirul's initial claim, and an appeal on Monday, on the grounds it was not a political crime.

"There are serious reasons for considering that the applicant committed in Malaysia a serious non-political crime before entering Australia," the tribunal ruled.

It found no suggestion "that a state-ordered assassination would amount to a political crime".

A lawyer for Ms Altantuya's family, Ramkarpal Singh, spoke recently to Malaysian media in Kuala Lumpur.

"The Australian Government … even if there is a moratorium [on the death penalty], I don't think they'll send him back as long as the death penalty is in existence," he said.



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https://www.wired.com/story/dna-transfer-framed-murder/

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"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."

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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."



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Angus Sinclair dies in prison 73

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World's_End_Murders

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.[1] He died in prison at the age of 73, on 11 March 2019.[2]

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,[3] and given another life sentence in 2001 for the 1978 murder of 17-year-old Mary Gallacher on a footpath in Glasgow.[4] 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.
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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..
 

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ISO 18385:2016



Minimizing the risk of human DNA contamination in products used to collect, store and analyze biological material for forensic purposes -- Requirements



https://www.iso.org/standard/62341.html

The mystery of the Phantom of Heilbron

https://www.iso.org/news/2016/07/Ref2094.html



Germany's hunt for the murderer known as 'the woman without a face'



https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2008/nov/09/germany-serial-killer

DNA clues in hunt for 'faceless' serial killer

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1584625/DNA-clues-in-hunt-for-faceless-serial-killer.html


"We're closing in on her"

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Recent developments in DNA evidence
Marcus Smith & Monique Mann
ISSN: 1836-2206
Published: 16/11/2015
https://aic.gov.au/publications/tandi/tandi506

Foreword | In this paper, the authors describe recent developments in DNA technology. Key cases involving DNA evidence in Australia and overseas that occurred between 2003 and 2014 are used to illustrate the benefits and potential issues that can arise when new DNA techniques are applied to criminal investigations. Empirical data on the value of DNA evidence and DNA databases on investigative and court outcomes are outlined, demonstrating strong support for the value of DNA evidence to investigations and prosecutions.

The techniques and applications for DNA evidence described here, and future developments, clearly have important implications for policymakers, practitioners and legislators. Equally, the Australian criminal justice system will need to continue to adapt to accommodate new developments in this field.

Chris Dawson APM



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Low copy number analysis

The amount of DNA left on an object after contact is influenced by a range of factors, such as the duration or type of contact. Low copy number (LCN) analysis involves the use of techniques to multiply small amounts of DNA, obtained from only a few cells. This technique was applied in the high-profile Murdoch v The Queen case in the NT Supreme Court (see Table 1). However, it has the potential to create erroneous results due to a high potential for contamination (Gans 2007; Lowe et al. 2003).



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Killer breakthrough – the day DNA evidence first nailed a murderer
It’s 30 years since DNA fingerprinting was first used in a police investigation. The technique has since put millions of criminals behind bars – and it all began when one scientist stumbled on the idea in a failed experiment
Ian Cobain
Tue 7 Jun 2016 10.25 EDT
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news...ence-genetic-profiling-criminal-investigation

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