Seven astonishing PathWest blunders have the potential to undermine the prosecution case against accused Claremont serial killer Bradley Edwards.
The details of just how widespread contamination was in DNA testing for the Claremont Serial Killer case was detailed on day 54.
The DNA of former senior Pathwest scientist Laurie Webb was found to have contaminated more exhibits in the Claremont serial killer case - even on exhibits Webb never directly worked on.
More DNA contamination claims led to a second day of embarrassment for the State’s primary DNA laboratory at the Claremont serial killings trial RECAP TODAY’S EVENTS
On day 53 of the Claremont serial killings trial, the scientist who tested the piece of evidence that led police to a breakthrough in Australia’s most expensive investigation took the stand.
The DNA of at least four PathWest staff — including former lead forensic scientist Laurie Webb — was found to have contaminated exhibits in the Claremont serial killer case, it has been revealed.
Forensic contamination by PathWest scientists and DNA results from semen stains rounded out an eventful day in the Claremont serial killings trial. RECAP THE DAY’S EVENTS
Whenever there’s a big event, there’s bound to be news crews. That was no exception when police descended on the accused Claremont serial killer’s house on December 22, 2016.
More details of the dramatic arrest of alleged Claremont serial killer Bradley Edwards have been revealed in court for the first time today — as well as the identity of a crucial PathWest scientist.
The day police arrested Bradley Robert Edwards and the examination of a knife found near Jane Rimmer’s body. RECAP TODAY’S PROCEEDINGS.
The moment that changed the Claremont serial killings investigation was described by the officer who took the call from the UK, saying male DNA had been found with Ciara Glennon’s fingernail samples.
The former head of the police taskforce responsible for hunting the Claremont serial killer has told Bradley Robert Edwards’ trial how the entire investigation changed after a crucial DNA discovery.
The former head of the Macro Taskforce and a former UK scientist have been grilled by the accused Claremont serial killer’s legal team on possible DNA contamination. RECAP TODAY’S EVENTS
When Claremont exhibits were sent over the to the UK for expert low copy number testing, exhibits now seen as crucial to the prosecution’s case - Ciara Glennon’s fingernails - went missing.
Prosecutor Tara Payne has read in four UK forensic workers’ witness statements, which indicate inconsistencies in sample handling at the FSS lab in Birmingham. RECAP THE DAY’S PROCEEDINGS
The two lead lawyers on WA’s mammoth case have been working for 49 days and nights, which all came to a head when they clashed in the courtroom.
Hairs from up to 10 people were found by experts minutely examining items related to Claremont murder victim Ciara Glennon — and none of them matched the biological profile of her accused killer .
British forensic expert Carole Evans has testified Bradley Edwards could be excluded as the contributor of hair samples tested in 2010. RECAP THE DAY’S PROCEEDINGS
The court had previously been told samples from another WA case were sent along with Claremont samples. Today, we found out they were from the investigation into the murder of 11-year-old Gerard Ross.
Potential clues in the hunt for the killer of 11-year-old Gerard Ross were sent to the UK along with the crucial exhibits in the Claremont serial killer case, it has been revealed.
WA Police requested the UK lab that made a breakthrough in the Claremont serial killings case to test items related to the unsolved murder of schoolboy Gerard Ross. RECAP
Join Natalie Bonjolo, Tim Clarke and Alison fan as discuss newly-revealed leads in the Claremont serial killings investigation - including a blood-stained brick found near Ciara Glennon’s body.
More of the hundreds of leads chased down by police hunting the Claremont serial killer were revealed for the first time today, including a brick collected in connection with Ciara Glennon’s murder.
A long-time PathWest scientist revealed under questioning that a crucial DNA document contained a ‘number of mistakes’. RECAP TODAY’S PROCEEDINGS.
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