The father of a 28-day-old deceased was convicted of manslaughter in the Supreme Court of Victoria and imprisoned for 5 years. The conviction was overturned by the Court of Appeal essentially because, in the view of the author, it understood the significance of the pathology evidence given at the trial. The evidence issues in this case are set in the context of problems generally in cases where the conviction is later overturned. In addition to other improvements, a specific proposal is raised to require more structure in expert forensic pathology opinions to address issues which commonly arise in cases of particular types.
- Forensic pathology
- Misunderstood expert evidence
- Wrong conviction