Viewing entries posted in December 2014
Henry Keogh was freed on bail on Monday 22 December 2014 thanks to the determination and hard work of a number of people. Foremost among them is Dr Bob Moles from SA who has fought tirelessly over many years to have this miscarriage of justice addressed. The event was recently covered by A Current Affair. See http://aca.ninemsn.com.au/article/8941535/henry-keogh-free-at-last
Yesterday, Henry Keogh's conviction was set aside by the Court of Criminal Appeal in South Australia. An unopposed bail application will be made at 3.45pm on Monday 22 December 2014 at the Supreme Court, after which Keogh will probably be allowed to leave the court as a person with a presumption of innocence. Whilst the court allowed for the possibility of a retrial, it seems virtually impossible for that to occur in light of the lack of forensic evidence in the matter to establish murder/manslaughter. Dr Bob Moles and Ms Bibi Sangha will be asking for a Royal Commission into why it has taken so long to recognise this as a miscarriage of justice, when it was so obvious 15 years ago - see the ABC 4 Corners program: October 2001
The NSW Police Integrity Commission (PIC) has been criticised by a Queensland Magistrate who viewed a prosecution by them in that State, by one of its officers as a private citizen, as an abuse of process. See http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-09/pic-criticised-for-exceeding-its-powers/5953256
The SA Court of Appeal decision in Henry Keogh's matter, from a hearing in September 2014, is to be delivered by the court at 4pm today - Friday 19 December 2014.
Best Practice in Homicide Investigation - Blackstone's Senior Investigating Officers Handbook Oxford University Press 2014
Just received my copy of Blackstone's Senior Investigating Officers' Handbook (Oxford University Press 3rd Ed 2014) by Tony Cook and Andy Tattersall. I am advised that this text is widely used by members of the NSW Homicide Squad.
ANZFSS has just released a very detailed and informative newsletter about the International Symposium in Adelaide in early September, which I was very pleased to attend. Congratulations to Kate Cashman from UTAS for the award for best oral presentation in the Science and Justice category. See http://anzfss.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Symposium-Newsletter-Final-2014.pdf
It was recently announced in The Canberra Times that David Eastman is to face a new trial for the 1989 murder of Colin Winchester. This is despite the findings of a recent Inquiry. See http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/david-eastman-to-face-new-trial-for-murder-of-assistant-commissioner-colin-winchester-20141128-11wdqb.html