Third Further Right to Appeal Case Before the Courts in South Australia: Frits Van Beelen
The case of Frits Van Beelen is currently being argued before the Court of Criminal Appeal in SA. See http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/frits-van-beelen-argues-evidence-used-to-convict-him-of-1970s-murder-of-teenager-was-unreliable/news-story/4afa6167b6f8c9bff9a3ab2dc0d504de
Van Beelen was convicted of the murder of 15 year old Deborah Leach at Taperoo Beach more than four decades ago. He spent 17 years in prison for the crime. He is now seeking to challenge his conviction arguing that evidence presented at his trial by forensic pathologist Colin Manock about the time of death was wrong.
The Court of Criminal Appeal was told yesterday that Dr Manock made his estimate on the basis of the girl's stomach contents and that couldn't be reliably done in the early 1970s.
The forensic pathology evidence of Dr Manock was successfully challenged in the Henry Keogh further right to appeal case.
The appeal continues.