Appeal by Bradley Murdoch in the Peter Falconio Case

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 18 December 2013 | 0 Comments

Fascinating article questioning Low Copy Number (LCN) DNA in the Peter Falconio murder case in the NT. See http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-563626/Joanne-Lees-spotlight-dramatic-new-evidence-free-man-convicted-killing-boyfriend.html

The ABC reports that Bradley Murdoch, who was convicted in 2005 of Falconio's 2001 murder near Barrow Creek in the NT, has officially lodged an application for leave to appeal with the NT Criminal Court of Appeal. See http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-12-17/bradley-murdoch-appeals-falconio-murder-conviction/5162376. Murdoch's conviction was largely based on DNA evidence and the testimony of Ms Joanne Lees. The case attracted enormous media attention both here and overseas (particularly in the UK). The body of Peter Falconio has never been found.

The NT News reports that Murdoch is appealing his conviction, accusing the then Crown Prosecutor at his original trial of misconduct. Murdoch's barrister, Mr Peter Faris QC, reportedly stated "This is an allegation that the crown prosecutor at the original trial, Rex Wild QC, improperly groomed the star crown witness Joanne Lees in how to give her evidence ... This allegation brings into question the entirety of Lees' evidence". See http://www.ntnews.com.au/news/northern-territory/bradley-murdoch-murderer-of-peter-falconio-appealing-conviction/story-fnk0b1zt-1226785159079. An earlier article is also of interest - see http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/facing-her-outback-nightmare/story-fni0ffnk-1226756117906.

I will be watching developments on this high profile murder conviction closely.

 

 

 

 


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