A couple of interesting updates this afternoon from the Sodomy II trial.
Courtesy of Malaysian Insider:
… Dr David Wells reads out excerpt of report.
Wells says in his experience he has never heard of semen being extracted 56 hours later from a victim’s body…
Sankara: If semen in rectum 56 hours before extracted, can DNA be retrieved?
Wells: If more than 24-36 hours before extracted, would be difficult to get any results. I’d be surprised.
Wells: I must admit aspects of proforma etc does not leave me with a lot of confidence those involved knew what they were doing.
Who is David Wells? From thomsonreuters.com.au
David Wells is head of Clinical Forensic Medicine at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of Forensic Medicine at Monash University.
He is an Examiner in Medical Jurisprudence for the Society of Apothecaries of London, Board Member of the Australian Drug Foundation, Member of the Advisory Panel – National
Institute of Forensic Science and Member of the International Editorial Board of the Journal of
Clinical Forensic Medicine.
His professional interests cover the full span of clinical forensic medicine but current activities are centred on non-accidental injury of children, sexual assault, injury interpretation and medical education. He is coordinator of the Monash University postgraduate program in forensic medicine.
His recent work has been with the World Health Organisation in Geneva, assisting in the establishment of medico-legal services for victims of sexual violence in developing countries.