An Analysis of the Supreme Court Trial, the Court of Criminal Appeal Submissions and Decision and the High Court Application in relation to the Meaghan Vass DNA Sample

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 24 August 2014 | 2 Comments

Please see attached an analysis of the Court transcripts and decisions relevant to the consideration of the new and startling DNA evidence in the Sue Neill-Fraser case in light of the new expert report from Victoria which indicates that the relevant sample was more than likely directly transferred to the deck of the yacht, contrary to theories put by the Crown to each of the courts. See see analysis here

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  • Hello Lynn,

    1. It is highly unlikely that Ms Vass was on-board given that the only DNA sample was in one location and there is no collaborating DNA hair sample nor fingerprint matches.

    2. Imagine this scenario: 

       You spit out a chewing/bubble gum onto a footpath. Shortly later I step onto the chewing gum. The chewing gum sticks to the sole of my shoe without my knowledge. I then go into a shop and commit a crime without any witnesses and without leaving behind any of my own DNA or fingerprints or hair, etc. Forensic experts match your DNA to several places on the floor of the crime scene. You are charged with the crime. What would you do? 

    3. Saliva in the chewing gum will leave behind a strong RFU DNA signature on the deck of a sailing boat.

    4. Don't you now think that you went beyond reason when stating "she put it there herself"?

    Peter Lozo, BSc, PhD

    Applied Physicist/Perceptual Scientist

    Adelaide, South Australia

    Posted by Dr Peter Lozo, 06/04/2015 7:36pm (1 year ago)

  • Interesting that Sue Neill-Fraser had told Detective Constable Marissa Milazzo and Detective Senior Constable Sinnitt that she had been watched tying up her dinghy in the afternoon by a "Girl with dark hair" while "A guy on slipway" was nearby. On the day that Meaghan Vass walked into court, she had dark hair. Could it have been the same girl?
    When the defence counsel cross-examined Detective Senior Constable Sinnitt, we learnt that, after forensic turned up a DNA 'match' for Meaghan Vass, she had been residing at a women's shelter and had requested to be elsewhere for the night of Australia Day 2009. She gave an address on Mount Nelson, overlooking Sandy Bay, for her sleep over. It is interesting that it is now known that her DNA was not transferred onto the yacht on someone else's shoe; she put it there herself.

    Posted by Lynn Giddings, 25/08/2014 11:58am (2 years ago)

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