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Hair DNA efforts unexpectedly crimped by SA Major Crime.

Renee Blackie (doctor of forensic science) from Flinder’s University Forensic DNA Laboratory, took new DNA samples from the Somerton Man’s bust in around May last year.

These samples were then unexpectedly taken by Forensic Science S.A. (sighting ‘chain of evidence’ rules) and no-one’s heard any thing since.

Forensic Science S.A. is a department of the SA Attorney-Generals Department.

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Apparently there were two samples of hair taken.

a. “Renee Blackie (doctor of forensic science) from Flinder’s University Forensic DNA Laboratory took the latest DNA samples from the SM bust in around May last year”

b. “Prof. Abbot took SM hair samples a few years ago.”

c. “This latest sample were to be tested using new DNA technology developed by Flinder’s University. These aren’t Abbot’s samples.”

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The full quote:

“Renee Blackie (doctor of forensic science) from Flinder’s University Forensic DNA Laboratory took the latest DNA samples from the SM bust in around May last year, after first seeking permission from Adelaide Major Crime.

She’d hoped to have some results within a few weeks, however Major Crime unexpectedly sighted ‘chain of evidence’ rules, and the samples were taken to Forensic Science S.A. instead (a Govt. run lab.).

And that’s where the samples stayed… and we’ve heard no results 17 months on. From memory Prof. Abbot took SM hair samples a few years ago, so that’s old news. This latest sample were to be tested using new DNA technology developed by Flinder’s University. These aren’t Abbot’s samples.”

Bold is mine.

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. petebowes #

    Would you think it reasonable to connect this latest stone-walling by the SA Govt with their successful attempts over the years to deny exhumation?

    Instances, in their aggregate, that show every sign of a succession of SA governments intent on keeping something very secret.

    October 5, 2019
  2. Clive #

    I wonder what response, if any, I’ll receive from the AG’s department, following my e-mail.

    October 5, 2019
    • It would appear, Clive, that the news of the Major Crimes squad taking possession of Blackie’s previously authorised hair samples is news to many … perhaps giving reason for the consternation on another forum.

      October 5, 2019

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