05-30-2015, 05:17 AM #1
Australia - Josh Warneke, 21, beaten to death, Broome, WA, 26 Feb 2010
Five police officers - including senior investigators - have been suspended from duty and another four face disciplinary action, a year on from the trial of the man charged with the 2010 murder of Josh Warneke.
Josh died from massive head injuries after a night out in Broome, WA in 2010, but at the trial of 23-year -old Gene Gibson for his murder, the reliability of police interviews were thrown into doubt.
It was revealed in court that police had not followed due process in conducting the interviews, including failing to appropriately caution Gibson, who lived in the remote Aboriginal community of Kiwirrkurra in the Gibson Desert, not offering an interpreter despite the suspect's "limited English" and by failing to record the interview from the outset.
The murder charge was subsequently dropped and Gibson pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/to...30-ghd3vx.htmlWe 'embraced' the missing Bob Harrod case as requested but 6 years on, are still waiting for further guidance
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06-21-2016, 03:30 AM #2
Lawyers representing an illiterate Aboriginal man jailed for killing Josh Warneke have lodged an appeal against his manslaughter conviction...
A series of flawed police interviews more than two years after the attack forced prosecutors to drop a murder charge and accept Gibson’s guilty plea to manslaughter.
Advocates for Gibson, who is from the remote desert community of Kiwirrkurra, continue to claim he was wrongfully convicted because he never understood what was happening.
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