Joint RACI/ANZFSS Presentation

RACI/ANZFSS Joint Presentation
”Forensic Science on Trial – The Omagh Bomb Investigation.”

Presented by Associate Professor James Speers , Murdoch University
where he is developing degrees in Forensic Science & Investigation

In 2007, the Director of the Northern Ireland Public Prosecution Service put
Man X on trial for the murder of 29 people. The evidence against him was
based on many years of forensic work by the best scientists within the UK.
However, intense investigation and scrutiny by the Defence Lawyers and
scientists into the practices and procedures for the recovery and storage of
the exhibits by the Police and the testing of evidence by Forensic Scientists
meant that the Police & Forensic Scientists themselves were on trial. The
outcome of the Omagh Bomb Trial had far reaching consequences for the
role of the Expert Witness and the methods they apply.

This is a joint ANZFSS/RACI lecture and will probably have many attendees. Advanced booking is recommended. Go to: to register.

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Belmont Library Next Person of Interest Presentation

Belmont Library have another Person of Interest presentation happening. Details are as follows:

Next Belmont Library Person of Interest presentation:

Person of Interest: Michael J. Barnes

Thursday, 12 February 2015, 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Perth born Michael J. Barnes is a highly acclaimed and sought after weapons specialist who will talk about different types of weapons and documented shootings.

Michael is author of the crime thriller, Shot through the Heart, published in 2012.

Bookings are essential. Light refreshments available from 6pm.

Hope we see you there!

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Opportunity for ANZFSS WA Members

Dear ANZFSS WA Members,

TSW Analytical are helping Unisearch to organise a visit to WA from Hugh Selby to present a one day workshop on expert evidence on 13 March 2015.  Further information regarding the workshop can be found in Cameron’s email below.  The capacity of the venue and price for the workshop (minimal to cover venue hire and catering) are still to be determined and will be based upon the Expressions of Interest we receive.

I believe this workshop will be of interest to ANZFSS WA members and of particular benefit to current practitioners.  For those of you unable to attend the workshop, Hugh will be presenting to an ANZFSS WA Branch meeting to be held on the evening of 12 March 2015.  Further details regarding location and presentation topic will be released soon.

In the interim, I would ask that anyone interested in attending the workshop please send through an Expression of Interest to me ( by January 21 to give us time to find a suitable venue.

Kind Regards,


From: Cameron Scadding
Subject: Expression of Interest : 1 Day Expert Evidence Workshop (Delivered by Hugh Selby)

Dear Colleagues,

Hugh Selby has kindly offered to run an expert evidence workshop (1 day) on Friday the 13th of March 2015. We are seeking expressions of interest to attend the workshop.

The workshop would cover: obligations of an expert witness; report writing; dealing with party/parties; being effective in chief, cross and re-examination. More information on the workshop can be found at:


Date: Friday 13 March 2015
Time: All day
Venue: TBA (dependant on attendees)
Cost: TBA (please note this will be a small fee to cover the venue hire and not the price quoted in the link above)
EOI: 21 January 2015

Please send your Expression of Interest to;
Dr Chris May –

This is a great opportunity for the West Australian forensic community and I look forward to seeing you all there. I request that anyone that gets this email please send it on to your network and I apologise in advance to those that get this multiple times.

The more people we get the less it will cost the participants!!

Kind Regards
Cameron Scadding
Chief Executive Officer

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Person of Interest Presentation at Belmont Library 15th January

Belmont Library have a Person of Interest event this Thursday:

Person of Interest: Alan Carter

Thursday, 15 January 2015, 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Alan Carter, award winning crime author, presents his latest book, Getting Warmer.

Alan Carter was born in Sunderland, UK, and works as a television documentary director and is a recipient of the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction (Winner 2010).

Bookings are essential. Light refreshments available from 6pm.

Alan is awesome! Come and meet him! Come and grab his books!

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Professor Simon Lewis – Public Presentation

Time to advertise our Simon! Simon will be doing a presentation next Tuesday at Belmont Library.

Details as follows:
Person of Interest:
Professor Simon Lewis of Forensic and Analytical Chemistry

Tuesday, 4 November 2014, 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Professor Lewis will discuss the case of Harold Shipman, a former doctor who was convicted of murdering 15 of his former elderly patients in 2000. Find out how he killed them and why! The subsequent enquiry established Shipman as the most prolific mass murderer in the United Kingdom.

Bookings are essential. Light refreshments available from 6pm. To book please contact the library:
Address: 215 Wright Street, Cloverdale WA 6105.
Telephone: (08) 9477 7150

This is definitely a case presentation which you won’t want to miss out on – Simon presents this fascinating case study in a most engaging manner and you almost feel as though you are present at the time these happened. We’ll be attending and we hope you will as well!

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Booking site now closed

The booking site has now closed for pre-registrations. However tickets can still be purchased at the door of the event by rocking up to the Rydges Hotel on Saturday or Sunday. Tickets at the door will need to be paid for by cash, credit card or EFTPOS. Cheques will only be accepted if it has been prearranged with us.

Looking forward to seeing you all and sharing the weekend of our amazing guests with you all.

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Have you got your ticket yet?

Just a quick note to advise that the ticketing site will remain open until Wednesday night for last-minute purchases before the convention starts on Saturday morning. Get yours now and you’ll be able to register more quickly when we open this weekend!

See you there!

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