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State Coronial Refs: COR/01 & COR 792/00.


Recommendations for Change to Improve the Quality of Post-mortem Forensic Science Evidence Associated with Queensland Inquests and Trials.

by Patrick J Collins and Desley K Collins.

Submission to Magistrate Mr Michael Halliday.

 In August-September 2001, Magistrate Halliday, as Brisbane Coroner, conducted an Inquest into the death of our son Mitchell Craig Collins, who died on 16.12.00.

This submission resulted from our examination of evidence tendered to Queensland Courts in relation to Mitch’s death. This five-year examination included over four years study of toxicological, pathological and gastroenterological papers by Patrick Collins, assisted by Desley Collins.

Patrick Collins B.Ed. M.Ed.Studies, a retired psychologist, was registered to practise in Queensland until 2003 (Registration No 833894). He was a student counsellor at the QIT (1976) and, variously, a lecturer and student counsellor at the BCAE Kelvin Grove (1977-88). Since 1989 he has pursued other interests. These included writing Goodbye Bussamarai: the Mandandanji Land War, Southern Queensland 1842-1852, UQP, Brisbane 2002, for which he received a special award from the Centre for Australian Cultural Studies, Canberra, for “An Outstanding Contribution to Australian Culture 2002”. For multiple reviews of this text see:

Desley Collins B.Ed. Dip.Teaching (Primary & Special Ed) is a retired teacher of hearing impaired children. She was Teacher in Charge of Special Education units at Junction Park and Aspley, and also Acting Senior Teacher in Charge at Yeerongpilly Special Education Developmental Unit. 

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