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    Sean Fewster @SeanFewster 1m1 minute ago
    SaltCreek trial resumes with evidence from DNA expert Dr Duncan Taylor, from Forensic Science SA.

    Dr Taylor says as blood on the front of the accused's 4WD is "100 billion times more likely" to belong to the German.

    Dr Taylor says the same DNA ratio was found for numerous other "blood-like stains" in and on accused's 4WD.

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    Dr Taylor also examined accused's shirt. Says it displayed "heavy blood-like staining" on its front, some on back.

    Dr Taylor says there were drops of blood-like staining across top of shirt, "larger stain" further down, on right cuff.

    Dr Taylor says shirt's mixed DNA profile matched accused and blood was "100 billion times more likely" to have come from German.

    Dr Taylor says accused's jeans had numerous blood-like stains "from quite low on the cuffs all the way up to the waist band".

    As with 4WD and shirt, Dr Taylor says the stains were a greater than 100 billion match to German's DNA.

    Dr Taylor says blood-like staining on accused's shovel also a greater than 100 billion match to German's DNA.

    Dr Taylor tested crotch of Brazilian's bikini bottoms for saliva DNA. DPP alleges it was used to try and gag her.

    Dr Taylor says bikinis matched Brazilian's saliva and, in one section, "44 million in favour" of accused's DNA being present.

    A samples from Brazilian's breasts were positive for saliva, greater than 100 billion likelihood it came from accused.

    Dr Taylor says accused's DNA was also found on Brazilian's neck and face. DPP alleges he kissed, licked, spat on her.

    #SaltCreek trial has adjourned for an hour, will resume at 12.30pm. Jury told DPP expects to conclude its case today.
    Last edited by JudgeJudi; 03-20-2017 at 08:59 PM.

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    Sean Fewster @SeanFewster 2m
    #SaltCreek trial resumes. Jurors told laptop was seized from accused's house after arrest, and iPhone was found in door pocket of 4WD.

    #SaltCreek trial adjourned for lunch. Back at 2.15pm with final DPP witness.

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    Australia - Two Female Backpackers attacked at Salt Creek, SA, 9 Feb 2016

    Quote Originally Posted by JudgeJudi View Post
    Sean Fewster @SeanFewster 2m
    #SaltCreek trial resumes. Jurors told laptop was seized from accused's house after arrest, and iPhone was found in door pocket of 4WD.

    #SaltCreek trial adjourned for lunch. Back at 2.15pm with final DPP witness.
    whose iPhone was found?
    was it the accused, or the tourist's phone?

    oh, i see #335 ... that answers that then
    Last edited by BReVeTTe; 03-21-2017 at 12:18 AM.

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    Sean Fewster @SeanFewster 30m30 minutes ago
    DNA expert gives evidence in #SaltCreek trial about accused man's bloody car, clothes: http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/l...568091daf6afd1

    The above link provides links to all previous days' evidence.

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    Sean Fewster @SeanFewster 1m
    The #SaltCreek trial has resumed with evidence from Jeremy Handley, a police officer who examined accused's computers and mobile phone.

    Detective Brevet Sergeant Handley says laptop was recovered from under accused's bed. Phone was in 4WD on beach at #SaltCreek.

    Handley says he found 95 pornographic images, among thousands of normal images, on the laptop.

    He says 37 showed women wearing some form of mouth gag.

    He says 34 images showed women showed women with arms or wrists bound, 29 with hands and feet bound.

    He says 5 images showed women with their hands bound, and 20 involved sexual acts including penetration.

    Handley outlines 10 Internet searches using "rape terms", carried out on accused's laptop, between Nov '15 and Jan '16

    He says another search was a website for a business selling "bondage products".

    Handley says the iPhone, found in accused's 4WD, had two pornographic videos plus stills from those videos.

    One video featured 1 bound woman, the second featured 2. Each was last accessed on Feb 7, '16 - 2 days before alleged #SaltCreek incident.

    The DPP has closed its case. Defence says it will not be calling any evidence.



    Remember: it's the DPP's job to prove an accused is guilty. It's NOT the accused's job to prove they are not.

    Jurors told they will hear DPP and defence closing addresses tomorrow.

    Jurors told they will hear judge's summing up on Thursday, then be invited to retire to consider their verdicts on the charges.

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    Wow, I didn't foresee this. I don't know how common it is for there to be no defence evidence at all, but I've never seen it. Usually something is offered up, no matter how lame. Assuming he's found guilty, I imagine he'll watch the proceedings and be sentenced via video link.

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    It is pretty shocking that there seemingly is no defence. The cross questioning was he said, she said, his word against hers. Trying to be open minded the only thing I could think of would be a conspiracy theory of 2 friends conspiring against him but the doctors evidence and the DNA and those horrible internet history just got worse and worse. No friends to say what a wonderful man he was?

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    1. In all the reports from Sean Fewster are we missing some testimony? It seems no reference to all testimony or all witnesses questioned was covered. Is this because it was boring or Suppressed?
    2. Hmmm,accused only had 95 porno images? Um really? Need some FBI style analysis on those electronic devices or.... is it Suppressed?
    Anyone know? JJ?

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    Aggravation and mitigation form part of sentencing submissions. I’m unaware if friends can appear for convicted persons in Australian courts.

    While we don’t know much about RH at all, here’s a list that outlines common mitigating circumstances.

    (a) the injury, emotional harm, loss or damage caused by the offence was not substantial,
    (b) the offence was not part of a planned or organized criminal activity,
    (c) the offender was provoked by the victim,
    (d) the offender was acting under duress,
    (e) the offender does not have any record (or any significant record) of previous convictions,
    (f) the offender was a person of good character,
    (g) the offender is unlikely to re-offend,
    (h) the offender has good prospects of rehabilitation, whether by reason of the offender’s age or otherwise,
    (i) the offender has shown remorse for the offence by making compensation (reparation) for any injury, loss or damage or in any other manner,
    (j) the offender was not fully aware of the consequences of his or her actions because of the offender’s age or any disability,
    (k) a plea of guilty by the offender
    (l) the degree of pre-trial disclosure by the defence,
    (m) assistance by the offender to law enforcement authorities

    The only ones which may apply would appear to be (e) and (f). He’s going to be locked up for a long, long time, I hope.

    I just found a good article on the sentencing process in South Australia.

    http://sa.criminallegal.com.au/crime...uth-australia/#
    Last edited by JudgeJudi; 03-21-2017 at 07:36 AM. Reason: Added link

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    I was trying to think logically with this about who the defence could get to be a witness. Anyone that was at Salt Creek at the time who had assisted and seen anything was a witness for the prosecution. The only way to really defend this with witnesses would be medical and DNA experts. The medical witnesses would need to prove that the German's injuries were from falling off the 4 wheel drive and the DNA on the Brazilian's body may not have been caused by that stated by the prosecution. I assume the Defence has had access to the results for a while so could call in the appropriate witnesses if possible.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BReVeTTe View Post
    likewise, jo
    i'm within 20km of his suburb, and use gumtree
    ...that's very creepy


    Wow I'm regional sa 4 hours north West from Adelaide. And yeah pretty much I've learnt of this by the news on the radio in the car 2 mins here and there about the trial. Things like this I generally read up about it and follow from the start. SA justice system are really good at keeping secrets. Don't know if I should be proud or scared


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    Quote Originally Posted by JudgeJudi View Post
    Ali Mohammed outside the #SaltCreek trial.

    Well done to these men who helped. They didn't know the situation that they were puting themselves in. They should be celebrated for their bravery and chivalry

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    I'm confused by the defence. Why was this even put to trial? They gave nothing to give doubt that he did what had happened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aequitas View Post
    1. In all the reports from Sean Fewster are we missing some testimony? It seems no reference to all testimony or all witnesses questioned was covered. Is this because it was boring or Suppressed?
    2. Hmmm,accused only had 95 porno images? Um really? Need some FBI style analysis on those electronic devices or.... is it Suppressed?
    Anyone know? JJ?
    1. Tweets from court usually provide the most relevant pieces of testimony. There were huge gaps between tweets from time to time (even in excess of an hour IIRC) and there could be multiple reasons for this. As far as the Brazilian is concerned, her testimony would have been suppressed. RH sexually assaulted her and she probably had to give extremely graphic evidence as to exactly what he did. I can't imagine any judge permitting this sort of evidence being broadcast. In fact, it's highly likely the court was closed for that portion of her evidence. Then there's legal argument between counsel which can be quite lengthy and that would also be a good reason for long breaks. They would refer to case law etc and other matters, and yes, that sort of thing can be very boring, particularly when it's not being livestreamed.

    2. I agree that 95 porno images doesn't sound a lot when we're accustomed to hearing of paedophiles and perverts having 1,000s on their PCs. The majority of perverts may get their satisfaction just from looking at images. Paedophiles on the other hand are a different kettle of fish, and these days probably download/upload images on the dark web and can't be traced. As far as RH goes, he may have only downloaded images of what he intended to do and 95 was enough - gain ideas on how to gag, tie arms and legs, sexually assault and murder with weapons that could be seen as innocuous for a person who went camping and fishing. If these images were described in court, once again I can understand that any description of them would have been suppressed.

    You'll recall that we got many more tweets re the German's testimony. As there's so much violence shown on TV, movies and in video games these days, most people can probably handle just hearing about it.

    Maybe Anais could weigh in here with a few thoughts on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jo04 View Post
    Wow I'm regional sa 4 hours north West from Adelaide. And yeah pretty much I've learnt of this by the news on the radio in the car 2 mins here and there about the trial. Things like this I generally read up about it and follow from the start. SA justice system are really good at keeping secrets. Don't know if I should be proud or scared


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    scared!

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